For any family disputes and family law cases, Johnstone Crouse Lawyers are at your service to help go through the process with minimal stress.

Separation can be an emotional, confusing, and stressful stage in life which can cause major life decisions in relation to children, property, and finances. Some of the cases that we handle include separation, divorce, property disputes, parenting disputes, binding financial agreements, restraining orders, child support, child recovery orders, child relocation issues, mother's rights, father's rights, and grandparent's rights.

Over the years, we learned that family-related cases are the most emotionally difficult ones which is why we strive to ease the case as much as possible. To put it in context, the Annual Report of the Department of Justice for the financial year ended 30 June 2018 records that the Family Court received 15,745 applications in 2017/18, including:

with the average time to trial being 95 weeks!

Johnstone Crouse Lawyers' family law services include:

  • Restraining Orders

    The purpose of a restraining order is to protect a person form certain behaviour, such as threats, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence, emotional abuse or stalking.

    Restraining orders make it crime for the person bound by the order to contact or approach the person protected by the order.

    Types of restraining orders

    • Family Violence Restraining Orders ("FVRO")
    • Violence Restraining Order ("VRO")
    • Misconduct Restraining Order ("MRO")

    FVROs apply in circumstances where the parties are in a family relationship and are designed to stop future acts of family violence by one person against another person.

    VROs and MROs apply in circumstances where the parties are not in a family relationship. VROs are designed to stop future acts of personal violence by one person against another person. MROs are designed to stop a person behaving in a way that is intimidating or offensive towards another person.

    Applying for a restraining order

    An application for a restraining order can be made by the person seeking protection or in some cases by a person on behalf of that person.

    The person seeking protection can choose whether or not to have the application heard in absence of the other party.

    Once an application for a restraining order is made, the court will fix a date for the hearing of the application.

    Objecting to a restraining order

    When an interim restraining order is made, the person bound by the interim restraining order has 21 days within which to object to the interim restraining order otherwise the interim restraining order will be made final.

    Once the person bound by the interim restraining order has objected to the interim restraining order, the court will fix a date for a trial.