We are at the forefront of Domestic Violence and Family Law but understand that this is an area often requiring holistic services. We work closely with our clients and other professionals such as counsellors, psychologists, social workers and the police as required on individual cases.
Strong Referral Base
We are proud that so many of our clients have valued our service and referred our work to others. We work hard to earn client loyalty and trust every day.
Comprehensive Advice and Advocacy
We are able to provide you with legal advice and advocacy for your Domestic Violence and Family Law matters. Unlike traditional lawyering we partner with our panel of Barristers to provide you with fixed price representation. We don't like surprises especially when it comes to bills and we know our clients feel the same.
We serve a wide range of clientele, and give each client and matter the individual attention it deserves. Each engagement benefits from the depth and breadth of our expertise.
Sarahjane has a strong background in Family Law and Domestic Violence. She is also an Accredited Mediator. She has a practical and pragmatic approach.
Kara Cook is the Director and Principal Lawyer at COOKLEGAL. With extensive experience in Domestic Violence and Family Law matters Kara provides practical and effective representation to her clients.
Kara founded COOKLEGAL due to the enormous need for cost effective Domestic Violence and Family Law representation and the need for strong and expert Domestic Violence advocacy.
Kara has a long and demonstrated history of advocating for justice for victims of Domestic Violence and over 10 years experience in the sector.
Kara is the Vice President of Queensland Law Society. Kara has also been previously named; the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia, one of the 50 Best and Brightest in Queensland by the Courier Mail, Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Woman Lawyers Association of Queensland and one of the 30 best lawyers in Australia under 30 by Lawyers Weekly.
We offer high quality legal work, fixed prices and personal client service.
Tamara de Kretser
Domestic Violence is a term used to describe abuse committed by one person against another when the parties are in an intimate personal relationship, family relationship or an informal care arrangement. Statistics tell us that in Australia, 1 in 3 women will experience violence in her life, 1 in 6 will specifically experience domestic violence. Domestic Violence is a gendered crime but is not restricted to heterosexual relationships. Domestic Violence includes a range of behaviour such as; sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, physical, coercion, threats and any other attempts to control or dominate another person. If you are experiencing Domestic Violence it is important to have legal and social welfare support to assist you during this difficult time. We are able to provide you with legal advice and advocacy for your Domestic Violence matters. Contact us for information on how we can assist or visit our services page.
Separation and Divorce
Separation is a stressful time for both married and de facto couples. Both defacto and married parties have similar rights and responsibilities under the Family Law Act. We can assist you with planning for separation or following separation with all family law related matters. Subject to a limited exception, you can make an Application for Divorce once you have been separated for 12 months. When you make an application it can be either jointly with your former spouse or your application alone. If your application is made jointly with your spouse, then you can avoid having to attend court for the hearing of your application for a divorce. However, you may need to attend Court if you make a sole application and/or have children and/or if there are issues with the Application for Divorce or Service of the documentation. We can assist you with making an Application for Divorce, Service of your Application and Attending Court where necessary. Contact us for information on how we can assist or visit our services page.
Time limits apply to a defacto relationship, parties have two years from the date of separation, within which to commence court proceedings for a property settlement. In a marriage, parties have twelve months from the date their divorce order comes into effect to commence court proceedings for a property settlement.
Parenting and Children
When parents separate arrangements need to be made for children. Whether you are married or in a de facto relationship (including same sex relationships) the same general principles apply to the future care arrangements for children. Parents do not have 'rights' to their children, they have duties and responsibilities, also known as 'parental responsibility' under the Family Law Act. Where possible, arrangements for children should be made by agreement without the need to resort to litigation. There are compulsory dispute resolution and mediation processes that must be followed unless there are exceptional circumstances. We can assist you with negotiating agreements with the other parent, attending mediation and where no agreement can be reached prepare the relevant documentation and attend Court with you. Please contact us for more information about how we can assist you with parenting and children matters or visit our services page.
Property and Financial
A property settlement is the legal term for the division of property at the end of a marriage or de facto relationship (including same sex relationships). You can reach an agreement with your former partner about a property settlement and formalise that agreement in a 'consent order' or 'binding financial agreement' or you can apply to the Court for a Judge to determine your entitlement. Where possible, property settlements are best made by agreement to avoid the cost and delay of Court processes. We can assist you with negotiating agreements with your former partner, attending mediation and where no agreement can be reached, prepare the relevant documentation and attend Court with you. Please contact us for more information about how we can assist you with property and financial matters or visit our services page.
Tamara is an Accredited Specalist in Family Law and has developed a high level of skill particularly in relation to complex property settlements and Binding Financial Agreements.
Director and Principal Solicitor
Specialist Domestic Violence & Family Law Advice
Domestic Violence and Family Law is our expertise and we are committed to providing you with strong representation at a fixed price.
Fixed Price Services
We are committed to providing you with expert advice and representation at a fixed price. Talk to us about your needs.