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Family Lawyers Surfers Paradise

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Finding Affordable Family Law Solicitors in Surfers Paradise

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Shanahan Family Law is your trusted firm that prioritises your unique needs. We understand the challenges and emotions associated with family law matters and are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Our compassionate and dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way.

As parents, we are committed to safeguarding the legal interests of families. We advocate for you to ensure that your concerns and rights are addressed. Our results-driven family lawyers in Surfers Paradise provide personalised attention to every client.

We invite you to visit us and experience the difference our empathetic and results-driven approach can make in your family law matter.

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Gold Coast Commercial, Tower, Level 10/36 Marine Parade Southport QLD 4215, Australia

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Experienced Family Law Specialists

Simplifying Complex family matters

Family law is a complex and emotionally charged field that involves balancing the needs and interests of different family members. Dealing with legal complexities can be overwhelming and add to the situation’s distress and difficulties. However, you can ease your journey by seeking help from a compassionate and knowledgeable family lawyer.

Our law firm specialises in a wide range of family law matters, providing you with the necessary support and guidance to navigate these challenging situations confidently and safely.

Comprehensive Divorce Proceedings Support

Regardless of your challenges we are here to help

The end of a relationship often brings numerous legal concerns, mainly when children are involved. But it doesn’t have to be a long and painful experience. Shanahan Family Law is a leading family law firm committed to making various aspects of divorce, such as parenting arrangements, financial settlements, and child support agreements, as smooth as possible.

We strive to ensure a stress-free transition for you and your family, promoting amicable resolutions. You can trust our experienced team to provide the guidance and support you need during this critical time.

Prioritising Your Child's Bright Future

Ensuring the wellbeing of your children is paramount

At Shanahan Family Law, we understand that nothing is more important than your child’s welfare. We know how stressful child custody and support concerns can be, especially for your children, and we are here to help. Our team has extensive experience collaborating with Services Australia, previously known as the Department of Human Services.

While it is always preferable for parents to come to a mutually agreeable arrangement, we know this is not always possible. That’s why our compassionate and dedicated team is committed to finding the best possible solution for your family’s wellbeing, with a focus on your child’s long-term happiness and best interests. You can trust our expertise in child custody and support matters to guide you towards a brighter future for your children.

Securing Your Fair Share of Financial Arrangements

Our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure you receive what you deserve

Divorce can often result in financial difficulties, especially for women. However, during the negotiation of financial agreements, your legal rights must be respected and upheld. You are still entitled to a fair property division regardless of your direct financial contributions. Our team of skilled family lawyers can provide practical advice to help you achieve a just outcome.

If you’re looking for a law firm that delivers results and truly cares about its clients, look no further than Shanahan Family Law. We’ll be there to guide you through this challenging time, providing the support you need to secure your financial future. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow.

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What We Can Do For You

At Shanahan Family Law, our commitment includes:

A Message from Our Principal, Luke Shanahan

Navigating the family court system can be an emotionally charged and complex experience, particularly during challenging moments of relationship breakups and child custody matters. It involves addressing property settlements, parenting arrangements, and spousal maintenance agreements, making the process even more difficult.

We understand that these experiences are always challenging. That’s why we have a team of dedicated family law solicitors committed to ensuring the entire process is as smooth and pain-free as possible. With decades of combined experience in family law, our team comprises the finest family lawyers who provide practical, professional advice and work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for you and your family. 

Lindsay Nicholson leads our Gold Coast family lawyers. A seasoned professional with decades of experience and a Gold Medal. With his expertise and proven track record of success, Lindsay brings knowledge and skills to every case he undertakes.

At Shanahan Family Law, we stand by your side during these trying times, offering the expertise and compassion you need to navigate your family law matters successfully.

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Principal Luke Shanahan

Our Satisfied 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.

Places of interest on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is rapidly emerging as a prominent hub for family law, offering a wealth of resources and services to cater to diverse needs. Below are just a few of the valuable family law-related resources available in the region.
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Family Law Legal Aid Gold Coast

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:


Level 2, 7 Bay Street Southport Queensland 4215


(07) 5671 7700


(07) 5671 7796

Monday - Friday

8:45am - 5pm

Family Law Court Gold Coast

Southport Federal Circuit and Family Court

Corner Davenport and Hinze Streets, Southport

They are open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm on Monday to Friday.

Phone: 1300 352 000

Contact us

Send an enquiry.

If your matter is urgent, please call us on (07) 5408 4470.
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.

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.

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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.


Mediation Services in Maroochydore

Dealing with serious crime

Family Mediation Brisbane is a mediation provider that operates in Maroochydore and surrounding areas. Their nationally accredited mediators offer family dispute resolution solutions that can be formalised as legally binding agreements at an affordable cost.

They can help clients, both married couples and those in a de facto relationship, develop parenting plans, financial agreements, child support agreements, and more. They can also assist with drafting documentation such as consent orders for submission to the family courts.

Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

Gold Coast Community Legal Centre

The Community Legal Centre is a non-profit organisation that provides legal and social work assistance to the local community. Their mission is to maximise access to professional legal advice and services on behalf of the community. They have been serving the Gold Coast since 1984. The organisation offers various services, including home care, community care support services, NDIS, and free legal advice. They also have a FAQ section on their website

Their head office is in the PO Box 10614 Southport, QLD, 4215

Phone: 07 5532 9611


The Community Legal Centre provides free legal advice and assistance to victims. The organisation aims to help people experiencing domestic violence by providing legal advice, support, and representation.

The Gold Coast was one of the first cities in Queensland to establish a Specialist Domestic Violence Court model, which has now been rolled out to many different areas. The organisation also offers various services such as counselling, court support, and referrals to other support services

Head office: PO Box 10614 Southport, QLD, 4215

Phone: 07 5532 9611


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

QLS works with the government, the public, and legal professionals on matters important to the legal domain. Read more about it here.

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

Website: qls.com.au

You can find a reputable family lawyer by seeking recommendations from friends or family, contacting the Queensland Law Society for referrals, or searching online for local family law firms with strong reviews and proven track records.

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 support-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 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 specialised counselling services for family law issues.

Website: www.Familyrelationships.gov.au

Relocating with children after separation can be complicated, especially if one parent disagrees. It’s crucial to seek legal advice since the court considers the impact on the children and their relationship with the other parent.

Divorce proceedings can encompass several different areas of family law. You may need to work with your lawyer to create financial agreements, 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 agree that an expensive lawyer might cost you more, but they should not. An experienced lawyer will find ways to save you money and will most likely find a resolution to your family law issues much quicker.

Family lawyer fees in Surfers Paradise can vary according to experience. They may be 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 means financially. 

Contact us for advice about your circumstances if you require a family lawyer.

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