Family Law

Sandra Clive, one of our Principals, leads our family law division, CBC Family Lawyers.

Unlike the vast majority of family lawyers in other firms, who practice exclusively in family law in Townsville, Sandra has almost twenty years of experience practising in all areas of the law. Sandra is therefore able to consider all issues, no matter what area of law, that are relevant in a family dispute, and plan the best strategy for each matter. This unique ability, together with Sandra’s immense passion for her clients’ cause, has enabled Sandra to consistently achieve fantastic outcomes for the firm’s clients, even in the most complex matters involving family trusts, companies, partnerships and other elaborate business structures.

Sandra personally case manages all of CBC’s family law files to ensure all clients receive the benefit of her experience and talent. In addition, unlike most family lawyers, who brief barristers at significant cost to the client, Sandra and other members of CBC’s Townsville team, personally conduct all conferences, court appearances and some trials, providing considerable cost savings to CBC’s clients. Further, with the intimate knowledge of the file that can only come from working on it on a daily basis, by personally attending all conferences and court appearances, and conducting some trials, CBC’s experienced team achieves much better outcomes for their clients than firms that brief a barrister who has limited time to read a selection of relevant documents, often at the last minute, prior to attending important conferences and court appearances.

CBC’s experienced, compassionate family law team can solve all of your family law problems, including:

Residence and Contact
with Children

Binding financial agreements

CBC can also assist you to prevent timely and costly,
both in monetary and emotional expense, family law proceedings by drafting a binding financial agreement (pre-nuptial agreement).


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7 Family Law Facts You Need To Know


It doesn’t matter whose name is on the title of the property, in a family law property settlement, each of the parties’ assets and liabilities form a part of the property pool and will be taken into account when negotiating the terms of a property settlement.


The amount of child support a person must pay will depend on how much time they spend with the children however, even if you don’t spend any time with the children you will still be responsible for child support payments.


The Family Law Act de nes a de facto relationship as one where the parties are not legally married, they are not related to each other and they are living as a couple on a genuine domestic basis. Therefore, even though you have only been in a relationship for a short time, you may have to negotiate a property settlement.


Even if you don’t have many assets, you may wish to negotiate a property settlement so that any debts or liabilities of the relationship are dealt with. Just because a debt may be in your name solely, this does not mean that you have to be solely responsible for it.


Superannuation is considered an asset of the relationship and will be included as a part of the property pool when parties are negotiating a property settlement. Sometimes, superannuation can be the parties’ largest asset. Keep in mind however, this does not enable you to access it any earlier. Superannuation laws are still applicable i.e. accessible after retirement age.


Any agreement that the parties reach in relation to children or property is not legally binding until it is put into order form and sealed by the court. Even if you enter into a parenting plan at mediation, this is not legally binding and either party can change their mind at any time. For peace of mind and security, you should enter into Consent Orders to ensure that they are legally binding.


The court has a duty to make orders that are in the best interests of the children. The court considers that it is in the children’s best interest for them to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. Unless there are concerns for the welfare of the children or if it is not practicable, the children may spend equal time, or significant and substantial time with both parents.