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. Marg has been accredited since 2007 and is a nationally Accredited Mediator with Bond University and has trained in collaborative law.

Marg's historical experience has been in general commercial litigation, estate litigation and succession planning which have provided a good platform to understanding the aspects of family law in which she is an expert. Whether it be superannuation splitting, relocating children, guardianship or any one of the myriad of issues that can arise (grandparents, enforcement, third party).

Do I need a Lawyer?

Many people are unsure if a problem has a legal solution. It can be the case in Family Law that complex issues arise by virtue of separation. Stress can be avoided by having a short consultation with us. We can provide you with the right direction and information. We offer an initial consultation of a ½ hour's attendance for a fixed cost of $175.00.

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.

After you have perused the information on this 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.

Range of Services in our Family Law Department Consist of:

  • Parenting arrangements
  • Protection Applications and Orders
  • Spousal maintenance and/or child support
  • Divorce
  • Property settlement
  • Financial Agreements
  • Registered Relationships

To complete our family law advice, we then deal with issues of succession planning including your Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Directives and estate management of your superannuation and life insurance interests.

Bell Dixon Butler offer an entire package because the intention is to preserve the assets that you and your partner have worked hard to acquire and 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.