Lighthouse Legal

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What We Do and How We Do It

We are available for appointments to give you personalised once off legal advice or opinions, legal advice on an ad-hoc basis, ongoing legal representation, and second opinions. We want you to be empowered with knowledge and understanding of the legal process so that you can make the right decisions for your family.

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15 Minute Discovery Call
Our process starts with a free 15-minutes initial phone consultation to assess your situation and provide you with preliminary guidance and advice.
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Consultation
If you need detailed advice after our call, we can schedule a consultation at our office or via zoom call.
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Identify the issues
We listen to your needs, determine your goals, and map out a strategy for your legal matter with you.
04
Set the Scope
Based on your goals, we will provide you with the scope of work to be covered at a fixed price we have for you.
05
Resolution
We work with you to negotiate and resolve your legal issues and formalise your settlement into legally binding documents.

ready to get started ?

Here’s what to do next

01

15 Minute Discovery Call
If you need a detailed advice after our call, we can schedule a consultation at our office or via zoom call.

03

Identify the issues
Based on your goals, we will provide you with the scope of work to be covered at a fixed price we are able to do this for.

05

Resolution
Our process starts with a free 15 minute initial phone consultation to assess your situation and provide you with preliminary guidance and advice.

02

Consultation
We listen to your needs, determine your goals, and map out a strategy for your legal matter with you.

04

Set the Scope
We work with you toward negotiating and resolving your legal issues and formalising your settlement into legally binding documents.
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Anastasia and Bryan

Anastasia came to see us shortly after having a conversation with her partner Bryan that the relationship was over. She and Bryan owned a home together and had a daughter in primary school. She was distraught by the unexpected break up and had no idea what to do next.

Anastasia attended our free information seminar called “Line Up Your Ducks” and decided to book a strategy session with our team. Working at a pace and cost she was comfortable with, we guided her with gathering information about the family’s finances and referred her to a wellness professional to support her emotional well-being. We also assisted her with formulating a parenting plan so that she and Bryan could continue to care for their daughter as co-parents.

After a few weeks, Anastasia was ready to tackle the finances and formalize the parenting arrangements. We developed her proposal for financial settlement and assisted her with negotiations with Bryan. They were able to reach an agreement amicably about dealing with their family home and the additional child support needs for their daughter. We then drafted the property agreement in an application for consent orders which was filed with the Family Court, as well as a binding child support agreement which was lodged with the Child Support Agency.

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Tony and Samantha

Tony and his wife Samantha had been married for 25 years and had 3 adult children. When the relationship ended, they both hired their own lawyers and started litigating at the Family Court.

Legal letters flew back and forth continuously, and both parties were entrenched in their positions, refusing to back down and let the other party “win”. Three years later, it looked like there was no end in sight.

When we took over Tony’s case, he was exhausted by the litigation and the legal bills had consumed a large chunk of their combined savings. He was convinced that Samantha would never settle, although he was confused by the various court proceedings, he felt that he had no choice but to continue through the courts.

We helped Tony with identifying what was important to him, reframing his proposals for settlement, and representing him at a mediation style conference where we able to reach an agreement with the other party. We also connected him to our professional network, including a mortgage broker to help him secure the finances he needed to retain the former family home. We drafted up the agreement reached in legal documents so that both parties had the peace of mind knowing that the legal battle was finally over.

Slide Background

Tony and Samantha

Tony and his wife Samantha had been married for 25 years and had 3 adult children. When the relationship ended, they both hired their own lawyers and started litigating at the Family Court.

Legal letters flew back and forth continuously, and both parties were entrenched in their positions, refusing to back down and let the other party “win”. Three years later, it looked like there was no end in sight.

When we took over Tony’s case, he was exhausted by the litigation and the legal bills had consumed a large chunk of their combined savings. He was convinced that Samantha would never settle, although he was confused by the various court proceedings, he felt that he had no choice but to continue through the courts.

We helped Tony with identifying what was important to him, reframing his proposals for settlement, and representing him at a mediation style conference where we able to reach an agreement with the other party. We also connected him to our professional network, including a mortgage broker to help him secure the finances he needed to retain the former family home. We drafted up the agreement reached in legal documents so that both parties had the peace of mind knowing that the legal battle was finally over.

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Tony and Samantha

Tony and his wife Samantha had been married for 25 years and had 3 adult children. When the relationship ended, they both hired their own lawyers and started litigating at the Family Court.

Legal letters flew back and forth continuously, and both parties were entrenched in their positions, refusing to back down and let the other party “win”. Three years later, it looked like there was no end in sight.

When we took over Tony’s case, he was exhausted by the litigation and the legal bills had consumed a large chunk of their combined savings. He was convinced that Samantha would never settle, although he was confused by the various court proceedings, he felt that he had no choice but to continue through the courts.

We helped Tony with identifying what was important to him, reframing his proposals for settlement, and representing him at a mediation style conference where we able to reach an agreement with the other party. We also connected him to our professional network, including a mortgage broker to help him secure the finances he needed to retain the former family home. We drafted up the agreement reached in legal documents so that both parties had the peace of mind knowing that the legal battle was finally over.

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Anastasia and Bryan

Anastasia came to see us shortly after having a conversation with her partner Bryan that the relationship was over. She and Bryan owned a home together and had a daughter in primary school. She was distraught by the unexpected break up and had no idea what to do next.

Anastasia attended our free information seminar called “Line Up Your Ducks” and decided to book a strategy session with our team. Working at a pace and cost she was comfortable with, we guided her with gathering information about the family’s finances and referred her to a wellness professional to support her emotional well-being. We also assisted her with formulating a parenting plan so that she and Bryan could continue to care for their daughter as co-parents.

After a few weeks, Anastasia was ready to tackle the finances and formalize the parenting arrangements. We developed her proposal for financial settlement and assisted her with negotiations with Bryan. They were able to reach an agreement amicably about dealing with their family home and the additional child support needs for their daughter. We then drafted the property agreement in an application for consent orders which was filed with the Family Court, as well as a binding child support agreement which was lodged with the Child Support Agency.

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OLIVIA HERBERT

Olivia joined the Lighthouse Legal team in October 2022 as our Client Services officer and junior paralegal. Olivia graduated in 2020 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree from Murdoch University.

Olivia has also got a strong background in retail. Always armed with a warm smile, Olivia is enthusiastic about helping our clients through their separation journey.

 

NARESH GABRIEL

Naresh is the co-founder of Lighthouse Legal and the head of strategic partnerships.

As part of the team, Naresh plays a key role in ensuring our clients are connected to our network of collaborative professionals and partners so that our clients are supported holistically as they navigate their separation. Naresh is well known for thinking out of the box and coming up with innovative ways to deal with issues. He facilitates our client engagement experience and is always happy to speak to clients for their feedback about our operations or pricing structures.

As our resident social butterfly, he makes friends with virtually everyone, anywhere he goes. Outside the firm, Naresh is also the CEO and founder of Rai Energy, and a father of two pre-teen daughters.

 

 

Emma Neal

Emma graduated from Edith Cowan University and worked as a family lawyer at other law firms before joining our team in April 2022.

Emma recognises that most people going through a separation are completely overwhelmed and are just in need of simple, pragmatic and practical solutions. She brings her warmth and kindness to each client, and they know she's in their corner as they go through a major life transformation.

Emma is also a separation and divorce coach, helping individuals approaching the end of a marriage to navigate their way to positive and healthy relationship outcomes. Her approach enables clients to develop an empathetic understanding of the divorce process, and to move through it as quickly as possible.

Memberships:

  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia


FAIZA GABRIEL

Having observed her parents go through a messy divorce as a teenager, Faiza knew early on that there had to be a better way and that her calling was to guide people in that direction. Since being admitted as a solicitor and barrister in 2008, she has worked predominantly in family law. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in family law matters, including complex financial settlements and arrangements for children at the Family Court, before finally establishing her practice in 2020.

Lighthouse Legal is Faiza’s commitment to raise the bar for family law and to help her clients find safe passage through the storm. She provides the attention and the strategic advice necessary to help them move on with their lives.

Trained as a mediator and an independent children’s lawyer, Faiza listens without judgement and will tell you what you need to hear – not just what you want to hear – to help you get back on track.

Memberships:

 

  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia
  • Women Lawyers of Western Australia

 

MEDIATION

Our family lawyers will always try to resolve a dispute through negotiation and mediation first if possible. Applying to the Family Court of Western Australia is time consuming, stressful and often expensive. We’d rather you not have to take things through the court system if it can be avoided.

CONSENT ORDERS

Parties who have negotiated an agreement in relation to their financial matters or parenting arrangements can formalize these into an Order of Court made by consent. Consent Orders have the same weight as orders made by judicial determination, without the lengthy litigation and expensive legal costs. This is the preferred route for most separating couples to finalise their rights and obligations toward each other at the end of their relationship.

Consent Orders can cover both parenting orders, such as who the children will live with and how often they will spend time with the other parent, and financial orders such as how the assets will be split, including real estate, superannuation and shares.

At Lighthouse Legal, we specialize in assisting you with negotiations with the other party so that you can reach a settlement amicably and efficiently. Our team of experienced, professional family lawyers are here to help.

FINANCIAL SETTLEMENTS

Event the most amicable separation can get tense when it comes to the finances and this is often an area that is rife with power imbalances and misconceptions.

At Lighthouse Legal, our team is experienced in developing strategies to negotiate your financial settlement by exploring the range of options available to you. We advise you on what property arrangements would be considered fair and equitable, should the matter go to Court, and can refer you to our network of financial professionals for areas requiring specific expertise, to ensure you get the best outcome. We work closely with you to achieve an appropriate property settlement agreement as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

We can also advise you on alternative options such as Binding Financial Agreements and Binding Child Support Agreements.

PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS

We take a child-focused approach to ensure that you are fairly represented when it comes to resolving disputes about arrangements for your children. We are also equipped to deal with urgent parenting matters where a child needs to be recovered after being removed from their usual caregiver, or for restraining orders to prevent a child from being relocated without the consent of either parent.

Grandparents can also play an important role in a child’s life and we can advise you on where you stand if you are facing difficulties in spending time with your grandchildren.

DIVORCE & SEPERATION

When a marriage breaks down, it needs to be legally dissolved through an order of court. This Divorce is a separate legal process from dealing with the division of financial assets, parenting arrangements, spousal and child maintenance, and so on.

In Australia, there is only one ground by which you can prove that a marriage has broken down permanently: that you and your spouse have been separated for a period of at least 12 months. A couple may be considered to have separated even if they live under the same roof provided they have satisfied some requirements.

At Lighthouse Legal, we can assist you with reviewing your situation and advising if you have satisfied the requirements, as well as filing the application for you.

After the divorce application is submitted, a hearing date is set and, if your application is successful, your divorce order will be granted.

A defacto relationship begins without a marriage ceremony but defacto couples have almost the same rights as married couples, as well as the same responsibilities regarding finances and child care. There is no need for defacto couples to obtain an order for divorce when the relationship ends, but it is unwise if steps are not taken to legally finalise their financial or child custody arrangements.