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Will mediation make my divorce quicker?

The short answer to whether mediation will make your divorce quicker is: ’it might do’. Mediation can help you reach a mutually acceptable divorce settlement…

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Major Family Law receives tenth top ranking

Major Family Law has received its tenth top ranking in the Legal 500 since the firm was established in 2009. Meanwhile, founder Joanne Major has…

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Are single fathers entitled to maintenance?

The answer, quite simply, is yes. The law is gender-neutral and does not care whether the parent looking after a child every day is male…

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What happens if the value of my business changes during divorce?

If the value of a business you own goes up or down between the time you separate from your partner and the completion of your…

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What should a separation agreement include?

As the name suggests, a separation agreement is a formal agreement intended to address the most urgent financial and practical issues during a separation. Typically,…

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What happens to adopted children during divorce?

Divorce is a difficult time for children: that won’t be news to many people. But it can be especially upsetting for adopted children who sometimes…

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Video-calling your kids after divorce

When parents separate or get divorced, the children will often live with one parent on a day-to-day basis – the so-called ‘resident parent’. But most…

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Are pre-civil partnership agreements legally binding?

Pre-civil partnership agreements have the same status in law as pre-nuptial agreements between married couples. In other words, they are not automatically legally binding but…

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How long can my ex claim money after a divorce?

As hard as it may be to believe, there is in fact no time limit and your ex could return to court to claim money…

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Choosing a lawyer for a Hague Convention child case

What is child abduction? The phrase ‘child abduction’ is conjures up disturbing images of menacing strangers but in reality, such crimes are rare. Children are…

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Who pays the bills during a divorce?

I am getting divorced – what do I do about money? If you are married or in a cohabiting relationship, your finances will be interwoven…

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Making divorce affordable: what are my options?

How much does getting divorced cost? There are always some costs associated with getting divorced but it need not be a tremendously expensive undertaking, especially…

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“Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail”

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

JR

Former Family Law Barrister

“A wealth of collaborative experience”

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

“Family lawyer of high calibre and drive”

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

“Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers”

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

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