Family Law

BDB have the experience, resources and compassion to handle what could otherwise be a stressful and anxious time. Court proceedings are a pathway of last resort after negotiation or mediation have been explored or exhausted.

Hervey Bay's Only Accredited Family Law Specialist

Partner Marg Kummerfeld is Hervey Bay's only Accredited Family Law Specialist (2007).

Margarett is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator & Member AMA and qualified in collaborative law. 

Margarett's background has been in commercial development & litigation, estate litigation and succession planning all of which provide a good platform to understanding the diverse aspects of life and thus family law.  Her last 20 years of practise has been specializing in Family Law.  Whether it be property settlement, superannuation splitting, parenting plans or orders including relocating or any one of the myriad of issues that can arise for parties, parents or grandparents including enforcement or third parties, Margarett is the lawyer to see. 

Do I need a Lawyer?

Many people are unsure if a problem has a legal solution.

In Family Law whether complex or straightforward issues can arise by virtue of separation.  Stress can be avoided by having a short confidential consultation.  We can provide you with the right direction and information.  We offer an initial consultation of 45 minutes for a fixed fee of $175.00.  This direction and guidance is usually invaluable in going forward. 

As a regional firm we understand that clients may not always be able to get in to see us. We have telelink, Skype and video conferencing facilities available. You can prebook your time from anywhere in Australia or the World for that matter.

Get it right the first time

If you have recently separated or are contemplating separating from your partner or spouse, obtaining the right legal advice as early as possible can be vital to preserving assets and creating realistic expectations. Court action is a pathway of last resort after negotiation or mediation have been fully explored.

After you have perused the information on our Website, you may benefit from a confidential consultation with BDB's Accredited Family Law Specialist, Marg Kummerfeld.

We will examine your personal situation and the issues you are facing. We will provide you with advice on what may work best in your situation; the next steps you ought to take and provide you with an estimate of your legal costs.Timing can be significant.  Whilst you may decide not to take any steps until a later time and we respect your choice please make it a fully informed choice. 

Services offered by BDB Family Law -

  • Parenting Plans or Orders;
  • DV Protection Applications and Orders;
  • Spousal maintenance and/or child support;
  • Divorce;
  • Property settlement;
  • Financial Agreements;
  • Child support advice and agreements.

To complete our family law advice, we can advise on succession planning including your Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Directives and management of your superannuation and life insurance interests.

Bell Dixon Butler offer their clients an entire package.  The intention is to preserve the assets that you and your partner have worked hard to acquire.  After resolution of family law issues, future planning is undertaken to ensure they are available to you and your family in the course of your lifetime and to your preferred beneficiaries in the event of an untimely death.

IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY SEPARATED OR ARE THINKING THAT YOU MAY BE LIKELY TO IN THE NEAR FUTURE, TALK TO US TODAY