Apprehended Domestic Violence Order

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About Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) are legal orders issued by a court to protect individuals from current or future domestic violence. An ADVO places restrictions on the behaviour of a person (the defendant) who poses a threat to the safety or wellbeing of another person (the protected person). These orders can prohibit the defendant from approaching or contacting the protected person, visiting their home or workplace, and engaging in other specific behaviours that could cause fear or harm. The process for obtaining an ADVO involves applying with the court, after which a hearing is scheduled to determine the necessity and terms of the order.

Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers is a law firm with a strong foundation in family law, including expertise in handling cases related to Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate, knowledgeable legal support to individuals and families going through the challenges of domestic violence. 

Galagher Solicitors & Conveyancers have been serving the community for over 40 years and we’re ready to help you too. Book a free consultation online or at a location convenient to you.

Who Can Apply for an ADVO

How We Help With Apprehensive Domestic Violence Orders

At Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers, our approach to legal advice and consultation is highly personalised, based on a thorough understanding of your specific circumstances and needs. This includes assessing the risks, discussing the potential outcomes of an ADVO application, and advising on the best legal strategies to protect your safety and well-being. Our goal is to ensure you are fully informed and supported in making decisions about your case.

Application Assistance

Securing an ADVO often requires detailed preparation and a strong application. Our team offers comprehensive support throughout this process. This includes:

  • Evidence Gathering: Assisting clients in collecting necessary evidence, such as documentation of incidents, medical reports, and witness statements.
  • Statement Drafting: Helping clients articulate their experiences clearly and compellingly, ensuring that the seriousness of the situation is understood by the court.
  • Application Lodgement: Guiding clients through the process of lodging their ADVO application, ensuring all paperwork is completed accurately and submitted timely.

Court Representation

Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers provides experienced legal representation to ensure your voice is heard and your rights are protected during court proceedings. Our attorneys are skilled in presenting your case effectively, arguing for the necessity of the ADVO, and addressing any counterclaims or challenges presented by the defendant. We stand by our clients at every step, providing reassurance and professional advocacy in the courtroom.

Post-Order Support

After an ADVO is granted, our support doesn’t end. Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers offers ongoing assistance to ensure that the order continues to serve your needs. This includes:

  • Order Modifications: Helping clients apply for changes to the ADVO if circumstances change or if additional protections are needed.
  • Renewals: Assisting with the renewal of ADVOs to ensure continuous protection.
  • Enforcement Issues: Providing advice and legal action options if the ADVO is breached, ensuring that violations are addressed promptly and effectively.

Why Choose Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers

Proven Expertise

Our team brings years of experience and a track record of success in protecting the rights and safety of those affected by domestic violence. We’re family law specialists who understand the legal systems and how to leverage them for your benefit. Our firm’s accomplishments in securing ADVOs and managing family law disputes reflect our commitment to excellence and justice for our clients.

Client-Centred Approach

At the heart of Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers is a client-centred approach that prioritises your needs, concerns, and well-being. We understand that facing domestic violence and seeking legal protection can be incredibly daunting. Our team takes the time to listen, understand, and provide the emotional and legal support you need, ensuring you feel valued and respected throughout your legal journey.

Comprehensive Support

Facing domestic violence requires more than just legal advice—it requires comprehensive support and guidance. Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers is dedicated to providing just that. From the moment you reach out to us, through every stage of the ADVO process and beyond, we’re here to offer the support you need. Whether it’s assisting with applications, representing you in court, or offering post-order advice and modifications, our team is committed to standing by your side, ensuring you have the protection and peace of mind you deserve.

Book a Free Consultation

If you or someone you know is in need of protection from domestic violence, Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers is here to help. Our team of experienced family law professionals is ready to provide the legal support and guidance you need to navigate the ADVO process successfully. Contact our team of solicitors today to book a free consultation. 

Frequently asked questions

In most circumstances, we can work around what is more convenient for you. We are generally able to work with clients over the phone, via email, or zoom, but if you’d like to meet in person, we can set that up too. Obviously, if there is paperwork to sign we will work with you to arrange an accessible location.

During this 15 minute consultation, we will typically discuss your legal matter and why it is you’ve come to us. We can outline a suggested approach, associated costs to move forward, and the next steps should you choose to continue with our services.

Without meeting or understanding the complexity of your situation, it’s difficult to provide an unmitigated cost. After discussions, once we understand the circumstances of your legal matter, we will be able to give you an estimate of the range of costs you may incur.

We do offer fee arrangements (such as instalments) and can discuss these with you once we establish a way forward. We are always prepared to work with you to come up with a mutually acceptable arrangement.

No, we do not bill in six-minute intervals. We can usually provide a fixed fee quote once we establish the associated works involved in your matter.

We will always be upfront with how long processes take and aim to work as quickly as possible, particularly when you are working to a tight timeframe.

Just remember that some steps in the timeline are out of our hands, so be sure to take that into account.

To prepare for your first appointment, we’ll ask you to send us any documents relating to your matter, as well as any notes that might help us to understand the background a little better.

By the end of your appointment, both of us should know whether or not we can help in your particular matter and the pathway forward. We can also discuss any fees and/or charges to expect to resolve your issue.

Our flat fee for basic general conveyancing is $1,500+GST, plus any disbursements that might come up in that particular matter. Complicated matters may incur a higher fee. Again, we will always be upfront with the charges you can expect.

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Yes, bring your marriage certificate to your meeting. Know that before applying for a divorce, you need to be separated for at least 12 months, but importantly, you do not need to be divorced to obtain a property settlement. We can guide you through that process.

Yes, we can witness your documents by prior appointment.

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