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J Hamilton & Associates is a long-standing, leading law firm offering a broad range of legal services, specialising in family law.

Specialist family law solicitors - Mackay Queensland - Family Law - Conveyancing - Dispute Resolution - Childrens Law - Jennifer Hamilton.

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

When it comes to any matter – but especially those involving family and separation, mediation and arbitration are always going to be less stressful than taking it to court.

Jenny Hamilton and Louise Sawtell are both Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialists, Independent Children’s Lawyers, and Australian National Accredited Mediators.

Jenny has more than 40 years of experience in all areas of law, specialising in family and children’s law, and she is also an Accredited Arbitrator.

The J. Hamilton & Associates team knows their clients need the reassurance that comes with their matters being handled by experienced professionals.

Both Jenny and Louise are also members of AIFLAM (Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators) which commands rigorous and regular auditing and accreditation to ensure the highest professional standards.

J. Hamilton & Associates are passionate about engaging in mediation and alternative dispute resolution to achieve the best result for our clients without going to court. This can save time, costs and emotional trauma.

Mediation can occur in a number of ways. Sometimes it can be done through a roundtable discussion with both parties, or the dispute can be resolved between the parties’ law team.
The team at J. Hamilton & Associates are experienced and can assist you with:

Family Law

Bringing a separating couple – or disputing family members – to the table to sit down and talk things through can often yield a fair and worthwhile outcome.

Jenny Hamilton and Louise Sawtell are Australian National Accredited Mediators, so you know you will be in good hands and will be guided through the process with a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities, at every stage.

With more than two decades of mediation experience, Jenny has earned a reputation as a respected and highly-skilled mediator; carving a path for Louise, and other members of the J. Hamilton & Associates team to follow.


Spousal maintenance claims

It’s never easy to leave a relationship, but when you feel financially stuck, then it’s even harder. J. Hamilton & Associates will work with you and ensure you can feel safe and empowered, and that you receive what you’re financially entitled to.

Spousal maintenance is completely separate from and different to child support or child maintenance and, chances are, you may not have even known you could be entitled to it. So, ask us about it. We will make certain you understand how it works, what’s involved and how it applies in your personal situation.


Domestic abuse claims

J. Hamilton & Associates can provide representation to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and work with you to ensure a just and fair outcome. We can work with those against whom a Domestic Violence Order or Apprehended Violence Order has been served to determine the course of action – from undertakings, to acceptance of the order, to trial.

Our team will also work to ensure victims of domestic violence – be it physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse or any other domestic abuse – feel safe, protected and empowered through what is a difficult and often an extremely anxious time.


Child maintenance and child support disputes

Ensuring your children are well supported financially is a pillar to their wellbeing and development. That’s why J. Hamilton & Associates will work with you to ensure the financial contributions made to the children in your care is fair and representative of their lifestyle – factoring in education, extra-curricular activities, particular needs and welfare.


Parenting arrangements

Whether it is working through who has responsibility for making decisions about the children, where a child/children lives, how much time they spend with parents and others, how they communicate with their parents and others, or obtaining passports for children, the J. Hamilton & Associates team can help you navigate through the process. Front of mind is always the safety of the kids – especially where family or domestic violence is a factor.

The team works to make sure children are heard and supported through whatever the situation they are facing. Whatever the issue, from custody issues to children’s court appearances, the team will be there to represent them but also support them.

When relationships break down, J. Hamilton & Associates understands that kids come first. That’s why we will work with you to ensure the fairest outcomes for your children. We will help you through the process of identifying your children’s needs, and ensure you understand your (and your children’s) rights and obligations. From mediation, to parenting agreement development, to court proceedings, we will be there with you.


Recovering children after they have been removed from their home town

J. Hamilton & Associates will be a steadying hand and a calm, decisive source of reassurance when it comes to the safe recovery or relocation of your children.

We maintain clear and open lines of communication and we make sure you understand your rights and obligations throughout the process; and enlist the aid of relevant authorities as needed. Most importantly, we know the most important people in all of this are the children, so their safety, care and welfare are always front of mind.


Relocating children to another town with a parent

J. Hamilton & Associates will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome for children in the event of a proposed relocation. We will work with you throughout the entire process, ensure you are heard and that you’re clear on your rights and responsibilities – especially when it comes to the child.


Assisting grandparents being involved in the lives of their grandchildren

J. Hamilton & Associates works with families to ensure grandparents are given a voice.

Grandparents will be heard, supported and guided through their journey to play a part in the lives of their grandchildren. J. Hamilton & Associates will work with grandparents to ensure they understand their rights and obligations and work toward a fair outcome.


Stopping parents leaving Australia without a parent’s consent

When emotions and fear is running high, J. Hamilton & Associates will work with you to take quick and decisive action as necessary.

Jenny Hamilton and Louise Sawtell are both Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialists, Independent Children’s Lawyers, and Australian National Accredited Mediators. This means they will work to ensure a fair outcome, while supporting you and ensuring you understand your rights and responsibilities at every step of the process.