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Reliable Family Lawyers in Maroochydore

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Shanahan Family Law is your local family law firm, and we don’t take your needs for granted. We care about helping all our clients achieve the best result possible.

We are parents too, and we have dedicated our lives to protecting the legal interests of families. We understand that dealing with a family law matter is highly emotionally taxing. In these troubling times, you need someone to hear your concerns and advocate zealously. We offer comprehensive legal services tailored to your unique situation.

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Entrance to Shanahan Family Law Offices.

Divorce Difficulties

The divorce process is never easy. However, some cases experience particular complexities that can cause significant hardships.

Unlocatable spouse

Divorce papers must be personally served in a sole application. This is a problem if the spouse can’t be located. Our team can assist by applying to the Court for substituted service. This involves serving someone in close contact with the unlocatable spouse.

International marriages

International marriages can present unique difficulties in an Australian divorce. Our family lawyers can provide essential assistance in addressing these challenges.

Marriage Certificate Translation

If the marriage certificate is in a foreign language, it must be officially translated. We can help arrange for a certified translation to meet legal requirements.

Determining Jurisdiction

Deciding whether to file for divorce in Australia or another country can be complex. Our lawyers will advise on the most appropriate jurisdiction based on factors like residency and the location of assets.

Child Custody Across Borders

Custody arrangements become more complex if children are involved and one parent is overseas. We can help you navigate international custody laws.

Enforcing Australian Orders Abroad

Implementing custody or property orders in another country can be challenging. We can provide strategies for enforcement in foreign jurisdictions.

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International child custody

International child custody disputes in an Australian divorce can present several difficulties. Our team can assist in these situations.

Jurisdictional Challenges

Determining which country’s courts have jurisdiction over the custody dispute can be complex. We will help establish the appropriate jurisdiction based on factors like the child’s habitual residence.

Jurisdictional Challenges

There’s a risk of child abduction in international custody disputes. We’ll take preventive legal measures, such as seeking court orders to restrict travel or ensure the child’s return.

Enforcing Custody Orders Internationally

Enforcing Australian custody orders in another country, or vice versa, can be challenging due to different legal systems. We have experience navigating these complexities.

Advising on Travel Restrictions

Legal advice on travel restrictions and conditions can be crucial, especially if one parent wishes to travel or relocate internationally with the child.

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Family law specialists

Family law is a particularly tricky area. Navigating competing interests within families is difficult and often heartbreaking. The last thing you need in these times is to get mired in extended legal drama because the family law system’s complexities get the better of you. It’s wise to seek legal advice during such times. With an experienced, friendly family lawyer, you can make your path that much easier.

Our Sunshine Coast law firm is here to help you with many aspects of family law.


Navigating the complexities of divorce can be challenging. At Shanahan Family Law, our team of family lawyers on the Maroochydore are dedicated to guiding you through this process with expert advice and understanding.

Our divorce lawyers have the combined experience and knowledge to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients. Whether you’re facing a straightforward separation or a more intricate family law matter, our lawyers are here to support you every step of the way.

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Children are often the most affected during a separation. Our family law solicitors specialise in child custody and parenting arrangements, ensuring the interests of the children are always prioritised. We understand the importance of establishing stable parenting orders and providing practical advice to ensure the well-being of your children. 

Our team genuinely cares about achieving the best outcome for your family, ensuring a better tomorrow for all involved.

Property Settlement

Property arrangements and financial affairs can become contentious during a separation. Our Maroochydore family lawyers are experts in property settlement, ensuring that your assets are divided fairly. Whether it’s real estate, investments, or other assets, you need a family lawyer who’ll provide you with professional advice to safeguard your financial security.

We also assist with binding financial agreements, ensuring that all property settlements are legally sound and in your best interests.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a grave family law issue that requires immediate attention and understanding. Our family law experts on the Maroochydore are trained to handle domestic violence issues with sensitivity and professionalism. Whether you’re seeking protection or legal recourse, our lawyers are here to provide the support and guidance you need.

We believe in ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients, and our team is dedicated to helping you move past these challenging times.

A Message from Our Principal Luke Shanahan

When dealing with the family court system, you are often at the most vulnerable moment of your life. Managing the trauma of relationship breakups and child custody matters is hard enough. Then, you also have to work through the process of a property settlement, parenting arrangements, spousal maintenance agreements, consent orders and the like. 

None of this is ever easy. That’s why our family law solicitors fully dedicate themselves to making the entire process as smooth and pain-free as possible with solid legal representation.

With our decades of combined experience in family law services, we have the best family lawyers available to offer you practical and professional advice and help you get the best outcome for you and your family.

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Principal Luke Shanahan.

Why Choose Us?

We care

Let us take away some of your stress.

We listen

We take the time to get to know you.

We get results

Value-driven results.

Cost-effective results

We charge the lowest fees tailored to your position.

The family law experts

Luke Shanahan has over 15 years of experience.

Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast based

We represent matters Australia wide, other than WA.

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When You Come to Us for Help, We Will:

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Satisfied Maroochydore Clients

Walk away happy every time

Robert Johnston
Robert Johnston
I was very happy with my experience at Shanahan Family Law. Danyelle guided me through the property settlement and a satisfactory outcome was reached. This was achieved without going to mediation or court.
Diana Homer
Diana Homer
Very professional, supportive and respectful in all communications and responsibilities. I found their team very patient when challenges occured and kept me informed at all times. Highly recommend them, for personal legal requirements.
Jodie Hickson
Jodie Hickson
Many thanks to the hard working team at Shanahan law. All such professionals.
Trace Mcnamara
Trace Mcnamara
I was pleasantly surprised from the very beginning with my experience with shanahans family law ,from the reception staff at shanahans ,who were lovely and tentative and at how comfortable and at ease Danielle O’Connor from shanahans family law made me feel from Our very first phone consult to attending court with me each time , Danielle constantly reassured me that she had things taken care of and not to worry about anything ,she kept me calm and relaxed about things at a time when my anxiety level was very high , but certainly not after meeting up with Danielle each time , Danielle was always punctual bright and cheerful and Danielles compassion for her clients shines through ,her passion for her work is very obvious , Danielle ALWAYS went out of her way to reassure me everything was ok like a long lost friend not just once but every single time without fail ,Danielle is just so lovely to be around her compassion, personality ,demeanour and easy going nature makes it a pleasant experience just being around her ,watching Danielle work with such competency ,multi tasking whilst also listening to me at the same time was also very reassuring , her interactions with the magistrate ,other solicitors and the way she Carries herself is also inspiring to watch ,I could honestly not recommend Danielle O’Connor at shanahans enough,she even took the time to come in for my case alone whilst she was on a well deserved leave break, wich I felt terrible about but am more than grateful for as it made all the difference to my case, even though our case is now over with an amazing win ( THANKYOU DANIELLE ) I feel like I am missing a friend. If you ever need a solicitor and are very stressed about a case Danielle O’Connor is definitely who I would recommend, Danielle was also very understanding of monetary issues and did her best at all times to keep costs at a minimum for me wich I also appreciated a great deal , also I would also like to mention Travis Terracall who was also very compassionate and caring and seemed to understand my situation, I wanted to let Travis know that I appreciated his empathy towards my situation at the time . It certainly helped me. If I could have give 100 stars I would . I hope both you and you partner have a very beautiful relaxed and lovely well deserved holiday break Danielle, I’m so sorry It was interrupted due to my case and again Thank you so much not just for your amazing work but your beautiful kindness and compassion . And just being you ! with much gratitude Tracy McNamara 🌸🫶😊
David Fenech
David Fenech
Highly recommend Shanahan Family Law and Lindsay Nicholson for all your family law needs.
Nathan Batley
Nathan Batley
I found this firm excellent to deal with. I had received some exorbitant quotes for executing what was really quite a straightforward matter in my case. Shanahans were prompt, professional and fairly priced. I've was very happy with their service.
Chris Mehonoshen
Chris Mehonoshen
Having experienced the sunny disposition of Danielle at Shanahan Family Law I can say that anyone would be in good hands. Danielle is very understanding and shows great insight in analysing the situation and cutting to the heart of the matter. Both Danielle and Shanahan Law are very professional and respond promptly in a care manner. Very happy with my choice there.
Nicole Mcmullen
Nicole Mcmullen
I can highly recommend Luke and his associates for their professionalism and thoughtfulness. I really didn't know what to expect when I needed the advice and assistance of a solicitor, but Luke has been extremely patient and kind in leading me through this process.

Do you require support from Maroochydore Family Lawyers?

Relationship breaks are hard enough without worrying about family law disputes as well. Are you dealing with a stressful and complex family law matter that involves a recent divorce or separation, parenting dispute, property settlement, or court appearances? Our family law solicitors can help with practical advice.

Do you have an enquiry? Call or book a discovery call where we will get you back on track with your family law matters.  

Places of interest in Maroochydore

Maroochydore is fast becoming a significant hub on the Sunshine Coast and has several family law-related resources available. Here are some of the services you can find.

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Family Law Legal Aid Maroochydore

Legal Aid Queensland is a government-funded entity that provides legal assistance to financially disadvantaged people regarding civil, criminal and family law matters. Their services cover areas such as:

Queensland Magistrates Court Brisbane

Magistrates Court of Queensland

The court for minor offences

The Magistrates Court is the first level of the Queensland court system. It is where most criminal and civil court cases first appear. The Magistrates Court has no jury; instead, the Magistrate will make determinations, as well as any penalties.

The Magistrates Court hears cases of varying seriousness, from minor traffic infringements to burglary and assault. It will also hear minor family law matters, domestic violence cases, and applications for child protection orders. Contact us if you’re seeking a committed family violence lawyer.

Any non-urgent domestic family violence intervention orders are heard on Tuesdays, though the court hears urgent orders daily. Any contraventions of a domestic violence order come before the court on the second Friday of each month, and children’s court matters take place every Wednesday.

Address: Cornmeal Parade, Maroochydore QLD 4558

Phone: (07) 5470 8111

Open: Weekdays 8.30 am – 4.30 pm. Wednesday 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Address: 3 Gregson Pl, Caloundra QLD 4551

Phone: (07) 5293 4100

Open: Weekdays 8.30 am – 4.30 pm. Tuesday 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Address: 1 Langura St, Noosa Heads QLD 4567

Phone: (07) 5473 2200

Open: Weekdays 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.

Address: 12 Caloundra St, Landsborough QLD 4550

Phone: (07) 5293 3000

Open: Weekdays 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (Closed 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm)

District Court of Queensland

Dealing with serious crime

The District Court is the tier above the Magistrates Court and hears more serious offences that have already passed through the Magistrates Court. Criminal proceedings occur before a jury, while civil cases are handled only by the judge. The District Court will also hear appeals of decisions made in the Magistrates Court.

Address: 415 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Phone: (07) 3247 4763

Open: Weekdays 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

District Court of Queensland

Children's Court of Queensland

Family violence protection act

Magistrates Court affairs concerning minors occur within specialised proceedings known as the Children’s Court. Cases brought before the Children’s Court are always closed to the public to protect the juvenile’s identity.

The Children’s Court deals with matters such as offences juveniles have allegedly committed, applications to protect children from harm, and proceedings to provide for a child’s long-term care.

At the District Court level, the Children’s Court of Queensland (CCQ) hears matters involving juveniles. This level presides over criminal offences in an open court unless the judge orders the court to be closed. The CCQ may also preside over appeals against child protection orders implemented by a magistrate.

Shanahan Family Law in Maroochydore


Click the book discovery call button, and Shanahan Family Law will help you understand where you stand with your legal position. One of Shanahan Family Law’s experienced Sunshine Coast family lawyers will help bring you a better life with practical and professional family law advice. We can also discuss family lawyer costs to give you a clear understanding of what to expect financially.

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Places to Visit to Improve Your Mental Health and Wellbeing During Family Law Matters in Maroochydore

Undergoing family law proceedings can be a stressful and emotionally draining experience. Taking time to care for your emotional and physical well-being is crucial. Here are some places to improve your quality of life during this challenging time.
Embarking on the Maroochy River Canoe Trail can be immensely valuable for individuals undergoing family law proceedings. This scenic waterway offers a serene refuge, allowing one to disconnect from the legal turmoil temporarily. Paddling through the picturesque landscape, surrounded by lush greenery and tranquil waters, can be therapeutic, reducing stress and promoting mental wellbeing. It provides a much-needed opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Visiting Paradise Seaplanes can offer respite during stressful family law proceedings. Soaring above the Sunshine Coast’s stunning landscapes and pristine waters provides a unique perspective and momentary escape from legal pressures. The breathtaking aerial views and the thrill of seaplane adventure can alleviate stress. It offers a much-needed mental break, relaxation, and a chance to appreciate the region’s beauty. This helps to reduce the burdens of a family law proceeding.

Engaging in thrilling high ropes challenges and outdoor activities offers a welcome distraction. It promotes physical activity, bonding with loved ones, and boosting confidence. It provides an opportunity to temporarily escape the legal stress, fostering mental wellbeing, resilience, and a sense of accomplishment. This can be invaluable during challenging times in family law proceedings.

Exploring the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden can offer solace and respite. The serene natural setting, diverse plant life, and tranquil ambience provide a peaceful escape. It’s a place to clear the mind, reduce stress, and find moments of tranquillity. This aids mental wellbeing and offers a welcome break from the demands of family law proceedings.

Solbar’s vibrant atmosphere, live music, and diverse menu create a perfect setting for relaxation and enjoyment. It offers an opportunity to unwind, connect with friends or family, and temporarily escape the legal stress, promoting mental wellbeing and providing a much-needed break from the challenges of family law proceedings.

Send an enquiry.

Please call our Sunshine Coast Maroochydore office on (07) 5408 4470 or our Gold Coast  Southport office on (07) 5616 8580.

Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right family lawyer in Maroochydore is super important. You want someone who really knows family law, which is all about families and the problems they sometimes face, like when parents split up. It’s also a good idea to pick a lawyer who works in Maroochydore because they know the local courts and rules well.

When looking for a lawyer, try to find someone with lots of experience who can provide the help you need. Some lawyers are good at handling divorce cases, while others might be experts in determining who children should live with when their parents aren’t together.

Shanahan Family Law, located in Maroochydore, specialises in helping families. We are known for our ability to listen and explain legal matters clearly. Contact us today.

(For more information about choosing the right family lawyer near you, we recommend to read this blog.)

Suncoast Community Legal Service

Suncoast Community Legal Service (SCLS) provides free legal advice on family law issues to people in disadvantaged positions. They can offer advice on various areas, including family law, domestic violence concerns, child safety, and more.

They also have experience with elder abuse prevention, tenancy issues, and matters of immigration law.

SCLS is very sensitive to their client’s privacy, and their staff and volunteers always treat personal details with complete confidentiality.

Their head office is in the TAFE Building, 170 Horton Parade, Maroochydore.

Phone: (07) 5376 7800.

Website: www.suncoastcommunitylegal.org/

The Sunshine Coast Domestic and Family Violence Service System Coordination Service is part of the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy.

As part of the strategy, two coordinators form part of the Queensland Police Service Vulnerable Persons Unit. These coordinators collaborate with core partner agencies and a broader network of service providers to meet their objectives.

Suppose you need access to qualified counsellors who can provide practical support pathways. In that case, DV Connect is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

DV Connect Womensline: 1800 811 811

DV Connect Mensline: 1800 600 636

A variety of services attending to the needs of domestic violence victims, children, and anyone else in need of access to resources such as counselling and emergency accommodation can visit: Sunshinecoastdfvcoordination.com.au

The Queensland Law Society (QLS) is the highest representative body for the Queensland legal profession. QLS is a passionate advocate for just laws that serve the public good and provide a voice for solicitors and the legal profession.

QLS works alongside the government, the public, and legal professionals on matters of importance to the legal domain, read more about it here.

Shanahan Family Law is a proud QLS member. As family law experts, we practise according to the highest professional standards legislation. We provide practical advice and zealous legal representation to our highly satisfied customers.

Website: qls.com.au

Maroochydore offers various marriage counselling services.

The Hart Centre. The Hart Centre on the Sunshine Coast specialises in relationship and marriage counselling, offering professional and compassionate services to help individuals and couples strengthen their bonds and overcome challenges.

Halcyon Counselling. Halcyon Counselling on the Sunshine Coast provides marriage counselling services that foster healthy relationships and emotional wellbeing. They offer support, guidance, and understanding to couples in need.

Women’s Legal Service QLD provides free legal advice to women on matters concerning domestic violence and sexual violence. They also offer a clinic for women needing assistance completing a divorce application and provide discrete advice to women undergoing mediation.

Women’s Legal Service social workers also offer emotional support to victims of domestic violence. These women may also be going through separation, divorce, or child-related concerns.

Statewide legal advice helpline: 1800 957 957

Rural, regional and remote legal advice line: 1800 457 117

Website: www.wlsq.org.au

Family Relationship Centres can assist with relationships at all stages, from the beginning of a relationship to dealing with existing relationship issues and resolving the end of a relationship.

A Family Relationship Centre can work with you to understand your options and provide the best solution for your children. If necessary, joint mediation sessions are available to form a parenting arrangement with your former partner. Staff may refer you to services that can provide specialised counselling for family law issues.

Website: www.Familyrelationships.gov.au

Divorce proceedings can encompass several different areas of family law. You may need to work with your lawyer to create financial arrangements, organise child custody, and other parenting considerations. Depending on your assistance, a divorce lawyer’s cost can vary widely.

At Shanahan Family Law, our standard rates for divorce applications are as follows:

  • Preparing a joint divorce application: $660

  • Preparing a sole divorce application: $1100

  • Preparing a sole divorce application if the other party’s location is unknown: $1980

If the application includes a court appearance, a fee of $940 will also apply.

A cheap lawyer does not necessarily mean it will cost you less and is usually cheap for one reason. They may lack the necessary skills and experience, or their service model may require high client turnover. We also agree that an expensive lawyer might cost you more, but they should not. An experienced lawyer near me will find ways to save you money and will most likely find a resolution to your family law matters quicker.

Maroochydore family lawyer fees can vary according to experience. They maybe as follows:

  • cheap $150 per hour
  • affordable $300 per hour
  • premium $400 plus per hour

Of course, our goal is to ensure that your legal matters are dealt with professionally and promptly. Ultimately we want you to walk away happy every time, which also means financially. 

Contact us for free consultation about your current circumstances if you require a divorce lawyer in Maroocydore.

There are several options for people seeking mediation services on the Sunshine Coast.

Relationships Australia Queensland. Relationships Australia Queensland is a nonprofit organisation providing counselling, mediation, and support services to individuals and families. They promote healthier relationships and wellbeing across Queensland.

Mediations Australia. Mediations Australia offers professional mediation services on the Sunshine Coast. They facilitate peaceful resolutions for family law matters through experienced and qualified mediators.

UnitingCare Mediation Services. UnitingCare Mediation Services provides expert family mediation support in Queensland. They help families navigate legal disputes with care and professionalism, fostering positive outcomes and resolutions.

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