At Brisbane Family Law Centre (or BFLC as we like to call ourselves) we specialise in working with separating families in a way that keeps them away from the Courts and enables them to remain friends for the future.
This takes courage, and is not for everyone, but divorce is one of the most challenging moments any of us can experience and after 20 years in family law we have come to learn that a long, expensive and combative legal process is rarely good for anyone.
We also know that the end of a relationship means so much more than just the legal stuff which is why our team of lawyers work alongside counsellors and financial specialists to ensure that our clients receive the holistic support you need at this difficult time.
We are not for everyone but we work best if you are looking to untangle the legal aspects of your relationship with dignity and grace so that when the dust has settled, you can look back on this tricky period with some pride.
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use our online solution Amicably to manage the legal stuff yourself with a little help from us along the way!
Let us help you negotiate an agreement with your former partner
Let us help you to mediate an agreement that works for your family
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Want to stay away from the courts? Use Collaborative Practice to find a solution together.
Finding an agreement has been tough? Arbitration let’s you engage a specialist to make a decision for you.
Sometimes the Court Process is the only way. Let us help you understand what this entails and how it might work for your family.
Why we are different
We specialise in helping our clients find amicable solutions to the end of their relationships, staying away from the Courts and where possible, remaining friends for the future.
We know that ending a relationship means so much more than the law can solve. That’s why we work with a team of ‘non-lawyers’ to help you through from relationship counsellors to child experts and financial professionals including business experts- our holistic team will help you along every step of the way
That’s right- our fixed price service means no hidden catches- you choose your process and your price
The end of a relationship brings with it one of the most challenging times in life. We get it- relationships are all we do- Family Law is our thing!
And yes we are different to most- approachable, colourful, real life people who love the work we get to do with people just like you.
Collaboration is definitely not “taking the easy way out” as evidenced by the many complicating factors that led us to the point of no return in our long marriage. It is the best option for the right people; those who really do want to attempt to divorce with their dignity intact, maintain their values and integrity and can manage to communicate despite the obvious difficulties a marriage breakdown brings to your life. At times, the sadness and tragedy of the broken relationship was lost in the money talk which practically speaking, in the end is what the negotiations focused on.
Lawyers are like a new pair of shoes. You need to try them on & see if the style is truly yours & the fit is comfortable and works for you. If not, you are entitled to change your mind. Clarissa Rayward was a perfect fit for me as a person & my case. It was still a roller coaster ride I would much rather not have boarded, but it was my unavoidable destiny. A new chapter now begins…..
“There are far better things ahead than what we leave behind” C. S. Lewis
It's been 4 years since everything changed, but for quite some time now, life has been good. We are still a family and Lisa and I can still have a laugh and talk about the good things we shared together. The kids are growing up and I'm confident that they are happy and healthy with the way family life is.
I hope you are well and are carving out time for yourself and your family amongst all the energy and wisdom you put into your business and share with people like me.
It can be hard, under such circumstances, to see which direction to sail your ship. You are desperately trying to keep it afloat as you are bailing out and patching leaks.
I arrived in Clarissa's office sleep deprived and distraught. She was able to provide compassion and understanding, but also a calm clear process to work through the mess in front of me. I felt listened to, supported and cared for at a time when I needed it most. My questions were always discussed with openness, accounts clearly explained, concerns addressed.
Throughout, Clarissa was able to support me in navigating a sensible financial separation without becoming mired in unnecessary acrimonious (and costly) arguments.
I first met Clarissa in late October 2014. Clarissa listened to my visceral story of horrific domestic violence with compassion and a beautifully sensitive and perfectly practical response to pave a way forward. From that moment Clarissa protected me and my children through the securing of sole parental responsibility for my two children, the property orders, and finally the divorce in early October 2016.
I can appreciate that my circumstances are rare, but it is evident to me that the collaborative family law approach of Clarissa and the BFLC works in all divorce situations.
Clarissa is truly phenomenal in her expertise to negotiate with empathy while achieving the best possible outcomes.
The most accurate way I could describe Clarissa is a guardian angel for the modern world.
She will teach/help you not to sweat the the little things, which at the time dont seem so little! She will support you through the darkest of times times when you think things can get no worse or hurt any more and help to ensure that you remain true to yourself and see that there is light. Clarissa puts your family first and helps you to understand that all of this angst that you feel is simply part of the steps to get to the other end, helping you to ensure that you and your family are kept in tact.
Don't be fooled though, she has a fierce streak and will fight for you when it is needed. Her main priority though is you!! She will look at every avenue to settle your matter without having the added stress of court and help you settle your matter as mature rational people. However should the need arise to attend court she will support and guide you every step of the way. Clarissa only surrounds herself with like minded professionals, so any other person that she recommends be part of the team rest assured you will be in caring and capable hands.
Clarissa is not like any other solicitor or lawyer you have ever encountered. She is true and real. Clarissa has supported me through my darkest moments and I can honestly say that there is no other person that I would want or ask for to be in my corner. I have not one ounce of hesitation in recommending Clarissa.