Mills started his career as an academic analyst of systems and in particular, systems of information. This experience led him to study law and ultimately an international career in investment banking, leading multi-country teams of lawyers on large international transactions in the emerging markets of Europe and Asia. Mills spent 20 years building the perfect life and had a wife, a dog and a nice house in a leafy suburb of a major European city.
Then came the divorce and the unravelling of what had taken two decades to build, which ultimately had the positive effect of bringing Mills home to Australia, where he uses his extensive experience as a cross-border negotiator to help men and women navigate the emotional and financial stresses, challenges and disappointments of separation and divorce.
At Seraphus Solicitors, our most sought-after service is in relation to property settlements, where couples divide their assets post-separation.
This is where our family lawyers really excel, streets ahead of even accredited family law specialists.
Our high-end corporate and finance background enables Seraphus Solicitors to defend your property, finances, and business structures from your spouse. We are experts in matters involving: Real Estate including Commercial Property; Companies; Trusts; Partnerships and Joint Ventures; Share Portfolios; Cryptocurrency; Marine and Air Craft; and even Art and Antiques.
Family law lawyers can help with all issues of child custody, including initial arrangements, negotiating agreements, and solving disputes in Court. A child custody lawyers with experience in child custody law will do their best to make child custody decisions easy for the parents, while ensuring that the child’s best interests are always protected. If you are having child custody disputes with your spouse, a lawyer will help determine the best course of action for you and will help to defend your rights as a parent.
Getting a divorce can be a very stressful and emotional event. Family and economic issues come up and they may be difficult to resolve. Issues such as who will take over the care of children, who gets to stay in the home and spousal support are difficult to resolve reasonably under the pressure of divorce circumstances.
It is not easy to make a pre-nuptial agreement (called a Binding Financial Agreement) last for the whole marriage in Australia. However, this is not to say that it is impossible. At Seraphus Solicitors we will customise an agreement that is just right for you, taking into account that such an agreement needs to be ‘just and equitable.’ This is a term about the meaning of which the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has provided very little guidance. Fortunately, at Seraphus Solicitors we are expert on the principles of Equity and can help you navigate the traps and pitfalls of Contract Law to make sure your Pre-Nuptial Agreement is as unbreakable as it can be under Australian law.
Separating from your partner is never easy. Whilst women’s issues regarding separation and divorce are quite well known in the community, unfortunately men are often overlooked and left to deal with the pressure of maintaining their business or career, whilst battling against their wife or de facto spouse and her aggressive lawyers.
Our property settlement divorce lawyers and separation lawyers will advise you on the best strategies to ensure you get the best deal possible in your circumstances. Conversely, our family law firm can also go after all those “hidden and difficult to understand” assets your spouse may or may not have.
Spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony) is available not just for women but also for men, the Family Law Act does not discriminate. To take an example if a separated man or woman does not have the capacity to meet their reasonable living expenses and their ex-partner has capacity to provide financial assistance, then the ex-partner will be liable to pay spousal maintenance to the other.
We advise of all manner of binding child support agreements as well as your rights under Limited Child Support Agreements. A Limited Child Support Agreement is one where a government department (Services Australia) makes an assessment based on the parent’s income, the number of children, the age of the children and the proportion of care responsibility the parent has for the children.
Irrespective of whether you are in a de-facto relationship or married, children’s matters are treated in the same way under the Family Law Act, guided by the best interests of the child. At Seraphus Solicitors, we advise on all manner of parenting plans; parenting agreements; consent orders; and contested orders to ensure that your children have a stable and safe environment as well as a meaningful relationship with both of their parents, if possible.
Our Sunshine Coast family law firm aims to provide a premium service comparable to what you will receive in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth or Melbourne Central Business Districts, but with a friendly, personal touch inspired by our beautiful location and the cost competitiveness vis-à-vis big city law firms, due to a lower cost of inputs locally. We are a fully digitised law firm able to service your needs both locally and online through video calls and remote service provision, such that we have clients from all around Australia with whom we work with on matters located locally, in other states of Australia or several other states at once as can often happen.
We are tough, but compassionate negotiators with proven results.
Talk to the friendly team of family lawyers at Seraphus Solicitors now to discover how we can help you.