Same Sex Family Lawyer

Rowan Skinner & Associates is a dynamic legal practice in Clifton Hill with a focus on Family Law and Divorce Proceedings.

Same Sex Lawyers

If you are separating or have separated from your same sex marriage or same sex de facto partner and need the services of a family lawyer, then contact Rowan Skinner and Associates Lawyers for a no obligation discussion about your situation. Rowan is an experienced same sex family lawyer who can assist you to expeditiously settle your dispute.

A same sex divorce or property settlement works the same way as a heterosexual marriage.

Since the legislation was passed that legalised same sex marriage in 2017, many gay, lesbian and other LGBTQI+ couples have finally been able to marry.

How does a same sex divorce or property settlement work?
The Family Law Act deals with same sex de facto and married couples the same way it applies to property settlements and parenting in heterosexual relationships.

For those same sex couples in de facto relationships, a person wishing to make an application to the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court seeking divorce and Property Orders must have been in the relationship with their partner for a minimum of two years. The exemption to this rule is if there is a child of the relationship or significant financial contributions have been made.

The procedures and costs of a same sex divorce and property settlement are the same.

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Same Sex Divorce and Children

When it comes to custody of children and matters such as shared care arrangements, the same problems that apply to heterosexual relationships, tend to apply as to same sex relationships. Issues with biological and legal parentage, and the rights of sperm donors can complicate matters. In these instances, it is important to get advice from a family law accredited specialist with experience in family law same sex disputes.

In same sex parenting disputes, disagreement may occur between the biological parent and the legal parent. In these matters, it is important to understand the child’s living situation on a genuine domestic basis.

The Court will apply the Family Law Act to establish the best interests of the child.

We can assist you with parenting plans, parenting orders, contacting a child support agency, child support or even sperm donor agreements.

Same Sex Prenuptial Agreements

Before, during or after a marriage or de facto relationship, we can prepare documents such as a same sex prenuptial agreement or binding financial agreement. This can help bring clarity to the start of a relationship and protect assets that may have to be divided in the event of a separation or marriage breakdown.

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How Can Rowan & Associates Help You

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Divorce Proceedings

This can be a complicated process and we can assist you with your same-sex divorce.

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Property Settlements

The same legal principles for property settlements apply to same-sex couples as they do to opposite-sex relationships. We want to ensure you get the best outcome you deserve.

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Spousal Support

Spousal support laws allow for same-sex couples to seek financial support from their former partner. We can help you get a fair outcome on the duration and amount of support that you are either providing or receiving.

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Child Custody and Visitation

Custody and visitation rights are granted to same-sex couples. We will prioritise the best interest of the children whilst advocating for your parental rights.

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Adoption and Surrogacy

We will help same-sex couples navigate the adoption and surrogacy process so everyone can enjoy parenthood.

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Nuptial Agreements

These can help same-sex couples define and set clear guidelines so you can protect your rights and interests in the relationship.

Rowan Skinner and Associates Lawyers is a personal family law services and we aim to help same-sex couples understand the family law process. As a a small community firm of family lawyers we will support same-sex couples by being by your side throughout the entire process from start to finish to get the best outcome you deserve.

Same-sex family law matters can be complex. Our experienced and reliable family lawyers are focused on helping same-sex couples get through what can be a difficult legal separation process. Contact Rowan to obtain legal advice and assistance with your property matters:

  • We can negotiate on your behalf
    • Binding Financial Agreements
    • Binding Child Support Agreements 
    • Surrogacy Agreements
  • We can provide legal Advice and assistance on:
    • Divorce proceedings 
    • De facto separation
    • Children’s matters 
    • Spousal maintenance, alimony and financial support
    • Adoption and surrogacy
    • Parenting arrangements and developing a parenting plan
  • We can represent you in the Family Court or at mediation:
    • Obtaining consent orders
    • Obtaining parenting orders
    • Property settlements
    • Domestic violence
    • Intervention orders

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Lesbian and Gay Family Lawyers in Clifton Hill

If you are separating from your partner and either involved in or initiating divorce or property settlement discussions, then contact our same sex family lawyers in Melbourne for a no obligation discussion about your circumstances.

We act for all members of any community in Kew, Northcote, Fitzroy, Carlton, Abbotsford, South Melbourne, Prahran, South Yarra, St Kilda, Footscray, Moonee Ponds and of course Clifton Hill and Melbourne’s CBD and any other Melbourne community.

At Rowan Skinner and Associates Lawyers we are experienced safe sex divorce lawyers who are know the family law system back to front. We can help you interpret the Marriage Act 1961 and the Family Law Act 1975 and provide to calm and clear advice so as to remove the burden of stress off you.


What Clients Say About Us

I regularly refer my clients to Rowan Skinner and Asc when they need representation. My clients have consistently had excellent advice and successful outcomes through Rowan’s representation at Court and when negotiating settlements. These proven results in combination with Rowan’s personal ability to engage with a diverse range of people, ensures that I will continue to refer my clients who need a family lawyer in Melbourne.


Rowan represented me in the Magistrates Court and the County Court in relation to very serious charges. Rowan was thorough, professional and diligent in his preparation and responded appropriately to my needs. I was acquitted of all charges.


I run a commercial law practice and frequently refer clients to Rowan for assistance and advice with family law. Rowan is a family law specialist: this means he is independently verified as having required skills and clients can have confidence in his ability and ethical standards.

John Whelan

I have a Mortgage Broking business with a large number of clients who having varying needs. I have referred many clients who want an excellent Family Law Specialist to look after them during what are difficult times. I have even referred family members to Rowan as I know he will look after them compassionately and professionally. I have no hesitation in recommending him and his services.

Andrew Kostanksi

I am happy to recommend Rowan and his team to anyone needing help with property settlement after divorce. I was worried about the costs that would be involved but everything worked out as quoted. I am happy with the outcome of settlement and grateful for the professional and kind service I received during a stressful time.

Leela Peart

Rowan Skinner was extremely helpful in my hour of need, he provided honest, clear cut advice and direction in a very difficult situation. He works hard for his client . I thoroughly appreciate his help and would strongly recommend him to others who are in need of a good lawyer.

Duncan Syme

I highly recommend Rowan and his team if you are dealing with a high-conflict ex-partner. I worked with Rowan pre-separation because I knew that I was in for an ugly and combative response by my ex-partner. Things unfolded as expected and he applied to the Federal Circuit Court within 3 weeks post-separation.

Rowan saw through the games and motivations of this high-conflict individual from the get-go and guided me every step of the way to a quick settlement of the case. Settlements are always compromises but mine is workable thanks to Rowan’s expert and pragmatic advice. I always felt he had my back and my best interests at heart. Rowan also has a wry sense of humor which often saved the day during the worst of this process.

Rowan was recommended to me by a friend and I have no hesitations to recommend him to you.

Nadine Zacharias


Contact Us Now

Should you have already obtained a divorce order but have ongoing disputes or complications in your family law matter that you might require assistance from separation lawyers, contact the best and most experienced Melbourne divorce and family lawyers, today on (03) 9995 9155 or email us at rowans@rowanskinnerlegal.com.au.

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