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Copper tree family lawyers

We are your Central Coast Family Lawyer.

CopperTree Family Law knows that there are two sides to every story…our interest is yours.

Family Law specialists in Divorce, Property Settlements, Wills and Estates, Child Custody Disputes.

CopperTree Family Law will listen to your story and find out what matters to you. Then we will use our legal expertise to help you make the best decision to achieve the results you want.

Our Central Coast family lawyers have many years of law experience that will make a difference to your separationdivorce, or parenting matter. We will explain what the courts would usually decide in your specific circumstances. Using a specialist family lawyer will take the emotion out of the communication between you and your partner. As a result, helping you reach a favourable settlement that looks after your future.

We can also assist you with preparing a willpower of attorney or enduring guardian for future planning.

Importantly, we are a law firm that delivers traditional customer service. At a time in your life when you’re not sure who has your best interests at heart, you will find we will not treat you like ‘just another divorce or parenting matter’. We are proactive, keeping in constant touch with you throughout the process and focusing on what matters to you. Get in touch with us today.

Areas of practice – CopperTree Family Law

Family Lawyers that deliver traditional customer service. We are proactive, keeping in touch with you during the separation process and focusing on what matters to you.

Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Lawyer

A confidential discussion with a divorce lawyer before you broach the subject of separation with your partner or de facto could save you a great deal of time, stress and money in the future. For example, you must be separated for at least 12 months before you can apply for a divorce. Issues can arise if you stay living under the same roof without formalising the separation. Our lawyers can advise you on all these matters.

Property Settlement

Property Settlement

If you and your former partner can agree on the property settlement, that is certainly the most cost-effective way forward. However, if it’s not formalised, it will not be legally binding. Sadly, former partners may find themselves in changed circumstances and after that, try to vary your informal divorce or separation agreement. We understand that this is a difficult and emotional time. We will never treat your matter as ‘just another property dispute’.

Parenting Arrangements

Parenting Arrangements

Although commonly referred to as ‘child custody’, this terminology is no longer used in legislation about parenting disputes. Decisions about who cares for the child(ren), who they will live with and who makes the parenting decisions are determined according to the best interests of the child. We will listen to your story, find out what matters to you, and what you believe is in the best interests of your child.

Wills and Estates

Wills and Estates

It may not something we like to think about, however, it is important to plan for the future distribution of your assets. If you die without a Will, the law decides who receives your money, and this might not be in line with your wishes.
We can draw up your Will, Power of Attorney or Enduring Guardian documents. These legal documents help to give effect to your wishes in the future.

Working with you

We understand that the end of a relationship is a stressful time. That’s why a CopperTree family lawyer will be your steady hand and your trusted partner throughout your divorce, property settlement or child custody /parenting matter. Ours will be a relationship that you can rely on. We will be sympathetic and professional, while prepared to be tough when it’s needed.

Committed to service excellence

Cheryl Edwards, founder and Company Principal of CopperTree Family Law, recognised the need for a specialist family law firm on the Central Coast that puts service and excellence at the top of the list. Our lawyers delivers traditional customer service. We are proactive, keeping in touch with you throughout the process and focusing on what matters to you.

Genuine Professional

You’ll know Cheryl is there from her genuine care for you. She is there to support you 100%, when you are going through the darkest time. She is not only a capable solicitor, but has a deep understanding in keeping emotional strength, as sometimes the toughest thing is to deal with “fear” itself. Cheryl has a down to earth approach, she will ground you and you will feel assured. She works with morals, and you feel confident when you hear other solicitors make compliments on her work.

M.B. Case 2016-2018

Genuinely Care

Cheryl is one of the most prepared solicitors I have worked with, her approach is thorough and she genuinely cares about each case she takes on. She always provides balanced advice that takes on board both sides of the situation to make sure every decision is the best one you can make. When my family was faced with the chaos of separation, and I had to try and understand the legal processes involved with property, parenting arrangements, and every other detail, Cheryl was there to break down each step and give me confidence in knowing that I was being taken care of. She took the time to listen to my feelings and concerns, was patient and yet highly professional at all times. Cheryl has taken the stress out of the legal process for me so that I can focus on rebuilding my life and my future with my children.


High Court Decision – June 19th 2019

  On 19 June 2019, the High Court of Australia handed down a land mark decision which turns on the definition of “parent” under the Family Law Act (“the Act”). Although in the general course of matters, the parents of a child, for the purposes of the legislation,...

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Planning for the Future

  With National Advance Care Planning Week upon us, it is a reminder for us to plan for the future. It is a good time for each of us to reflect on what arrangements we should put in place. Arrangements for our health and personal care as we age and to encourage...

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National Family Violence Website

  A new website available dedicated to assisting people affected by family violence. National Legal Aid in conjunction with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department has invested in creating this website. The new national website for people wanting to...

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Family Violence in Australia

  A recent Justice Project report on Family Violence in Australia by Law Council of Australia, dated August 2018:   Family violence can affect anyone, irrespective of age, gender, socio-economic status or cultural background.  According to statistics, in...

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Recovery and Location Orders

  In parenting matters, most of you will be familiar with orders relating to “parental responsibility,” “lives with” and “spends time with.”  However, there are other important orders the court is able to make upon the application of a party. What is a recovery...

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ABC Article – Psych nurse likens divorce for men to PTSD

  Too often, a person's mental health is neglected during the breakdown of a relationship.  For me, this article not only brings to the forefront a mans perspective on such matters, but also outlines the importance of obtaining legal advice at the outset, no...

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Opinion Piece by Law Council of Australia President

    Opinion Piece by Law Council of Australia President, Morry Bailes – published in The Australian, Friday, 14 September 2018. Merging family courts ahead of system review is to put the cart before the horse. Australia’s family court system is under...

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Child Support Agreements

    Recent amendments to the child support legislation mean that from 1 July 2018, Child Support Agreements can be suspended. And eventually terminated in circumstances where a care percentage of a carer, entitled to be paid child support, falls below the...

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Do you have a Will?

    According to statistics, 45% of Australians do not have a Will or have an out of date Will. This is an alarming statistic. Not having a Will in place that highlights who will be managing your estate can cause long and painful delays. As a result, closing...

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We find what matters to you.

At CopperTree Family Law, we protect and advocate for your interests at all times, while advising you of the legal framework under which your needs will be considered.

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