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Family Law

Family law disputes can be overwhelming and highly emotional. It is often a time of confusion, vulnerability and frustration. At this time you need the right advice to navigate the legal issues as well as insight into the emotional journey that has begun.

At Small Myers Hughes Lawyers, we not only specialise in guiding and advising you through what is complex law but we also take the time to understand your personal circumstances so we can work together to create a strategy aimed to bring about the best solution for you and your family.

Sometimes despite best intentions an amicable outcome is unavailable and, if in these times negotiations cannot be made, then you can be assured we will fight to achieve a favourable outcome.

Principal and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Michael Small, leads our team of proactive and dedicated family lawyers who have assisted numerous clients with their family and relationship matters. Further recognition of our team’s expert skills includes Principal, Craig Nicol’s co-authorship of national reference work, “The Family Law Book”, which provides advice and legal analysis to other family lawyers: Click here for link to thefamilylawbook.

Due to the multi-disciplinary structure of our firm, we offer advice and solutions on a range of issues that are often overlooked by other family lawyers or are simply outside their area of expertise. Michael Small is also a Chartered Tax Advisor who, together with our tax team, provides taxation support for our family law clients, ensuring a thorough and comprehensive outcome addressing family law, corporate and taxation issues.


We are an innovative and energetic team and some of us, including Principal, Michael Small, have our own personal experiences in this area. Our proactive and hands on approach enables us to recognise and assess the priority of your needs and objectives and agree upon an appropriate strategy, so together we can achieve positive outcomes.

To ensure you are receiving the most comprehensive solutions, servicing all aspects of your family law matter, our family law team work collectively with our tax law team to provide effective tax solutions into your overall family law strategy.

  • Pre-Separation Legal Advice and Strategy
  • Tax Effective Divorce
  • Pre-Nuptial and Financial Agreements
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • Recovery of Abducted Children
  • Tax and Stamp Duty
  • Stucturing of Property Divisions
  • Superannuation
  • Child Maintenance Trusts