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Separation Legal Services

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Separation occurs when either one person or both people in a relationship decide to separate, even if you are still living together. Although you do not need to apply for a separation, there are important matters that need to be considered following separation, such as:

  • Determine how joint bank accounts, property and assets will be dealt with;
  • Update relevant organisations (including Medicare, Centrelink, Department of Human Services, bank and insurance companies); and
  • If children are involved, make proper parenting arrangements.

It is important to engage a separation lawyer that understands family law to protect your present and future interests.

To ensure your decisions are well informed and consider your specific needs and circumstances, contact BWJ Law and speak with one of our separation solicitors in Brisbane to be guided through the process.

 Fill out our enquiry form or call (07) 3390 2344.

Frequently Asked Questions

Spousal maintenance is financial support paid by one person in a relationship to their former ex-partner if certain jurisdictional requirements are met. A legal or de facto spouse may seek spousal maintenance under the Family Law Act after separation. If the spouses’ incomes are significantly different at the time of separation, and a spouse is entitled to spousal maintenance, the spouse with the higher income must financially maintain their ex-spouse. This may be paid in instalments or as a lump payment, depending on the conditions.

To know more about spousal maintenance, we encourage you to contact us. We have family law solicitors near you, ready to help.

If you leave the family home, you will maintain your rights to the house, your belongings and any other assets of the relationship. It is best to try take important personal items and your legal and financial papers with you, such as:

  • Birth and other certificates
  • Passport, Visa and other forms of ID
  • Will
  • Banking documents
  • Superannuation statements

The manner in which property is divided depends on the contributions and future needs of the parties and as such, every case is unique. You will be entitled to a just and equitable portion of the property even if you leave the family home or the assets are not in your name. To find out more about property settlement after separation, see our property settlement page.

It is the responsibility of both biological parents to decide how the children will be cared for when they separate. If there is a dispute about parenting arrangements, it is important to seek legal advice and resolve the matters as soon as possible.

To find out information about children’s matters, see the Childrens page on our website. 

Get in touch with a separation lawyer

Our separation lawyers are experienced in dealing with all aspects of separation, including property division, child custody and support, and spousal maintenance. We can also provide you with advice on how to best protect your assets and financial interests.

We are Brisbane based family law firm located in the Redlands areas that cares about our clients. Our family law solicitors will listen to your confidential information and always act in your best interests to help you with your separation.

If you are facing separation and need help understanding your legal rights and obligations, get in touch with one of our family law solicitors today.

Where to Find Us?

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas

Legal Bookkeeping & Accounting

Meet Lisa, our seasoned professional who joined our team in August 2022, boasting an impressive background of over two decades in accounting. With a solid foundation in IT and a Bachelor of Science under her belt, Lisa’s journey evolved as she not only managed her own accounting firm but also earned postgraduate degrees in both accounting and commercial law.

In her pivotal role, Lisa is instrumental in maintaining the firm’s compliance and ensuring seamless operations. Her wealth of experience brings a wealth of knowledge to our team, contributing to our success and client satisfaction.

Beyond the numbers, Lisa finds balance in her life through activities like Pilates and walks with her beloved dogs. Her dedication, expertise, and passion make Lisa an invaluable asset to our team, driving us towards excellence in every aspect of our work.

Amy Hayslep

Amy Hayslep


Amy joined our team in December 2022 as a receptionist, where she plays a vital role in managing our firm’s administrative support and daily operations. 

Her commitment to excellence and efficiency has greatly contributed to the smooth running of our office. 

Amy is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business with a focus on Marketing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a testament to her dedication to professional growth and understanding of business dynamics. 

Amy’s aspiration to integrate her marketing insights into her current role demonstrates her forward-thinking approach and commitment to continuous improvement. Outside of work, Amy enjoys Pilates, baking, and gardening.

Jon Staby

Jon Staby


Jon was born in Windhoek, Namibia and moved with his family to Brisbane in 2005. Jon is currently studying his Bachelor of Laws and aims to complete it by the end of 2024. 

Jon has been currently working as a Paralegal since April 2023 and has a keen interest in all family law areas.  

Jon believes in the law to empathetically and expertly help clients to reach the best outcomes for their unique circumstances. 

In his free time, Jon’s hobbies include painting, playing basketball with friends, and watching television shows with his pet cat Luna.  

Serena May

Serena May

LLB (Hons) BBus

Serena was admitted to the profession in 2022 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business from QUT. 

Serena has previous experience as a Barrister’s Assistant in family law as well as working in a mid-tier commercial law firm in property law, wills and estates, employment law and construction disputes. This experience has provided her with the opportunity to learn from an array of senior legal practitioners before choosing to specialise in family law.

Serena is passionate about ensuring her clients feel well informed throughout their matter. Serena acknowledges every personal circumstance is unique and no other person knows exactly what it is like to walk in your shoes. 

Serena recognises that clients are often experiencing immense stress and require compassionate and efficient communication from start to finish to empower them to move on to the next chapter of their life.

On her weekends Serena enjoys heading to the coast for a surf and spending time with her poodle pup, Miss April May.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Practice Leader – Founder

Michael was awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from QUT in 2012, and was admitted as a lawyer in 2013. 

He also has a Bachelor of Science from UQ which he was awarded in 2007 (before deciding that a career in law would be more interesting than science).

Michael has practiced exclusively in the areas of Family Law, Child Safety (Care and Protection), and Domestic Violence since mid-2014. 

Michael has experience as a Separate Representative for children in Child Safety cases and has appeared on behalf of hundreds of people in Family Law and Domestic Violence cases in Queensland and the ACT.

Michael’s experience means he has a particularly keen insight into how to best avoid Court and he has an excellent record of settling cases quickly and without unnecessary conflict and cost. 

That said, he also knows how to best prepare and conduct litigation if Court becomes unavoidable, and he will expertly guide you through even the most complex and delicate case.

Michael takes a genuine interest in his clients and will make sure that you are properly advised in a way that is easy to understand, without all the unnecessary jargon that so many lawyers love to use. You can trust Michael to be direct, flexible, and empathetic. 

When he is not at work, Michael loves being in the outdoors, whether that’s fishing from his kayak or working in the garden. He also loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

Matthew Watt

Matthew Watt

Practice Manager – Founder

As one of the founders of BWJ Law, Matt is an indispensable member of the executive team. 

He plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day operations of the firm, focusing on implementing operational strategies and realizing the organization’s vision. 

This ensures that all employees are equipped with the necessary resources to perform at their best, delivering unparalleled service to clients.

An active member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) and an associate member of the QLD Law Society, Matt consistently stays updated with the latest in legal practice management. 

He recognizes the significance of continuous professional growth, ensuring that he offers the best support to legal practitioners. 

Moreover, he adeptly manages a diverse range of corporate and strategic responsibilities inherent to the role of a practice manager.