Welcome to SMALL MYERS HUGHES LAWYERS - Your Partner in Family Law

Family law disputes can be overwhelming and highly emotional. It is often a time of confusion, vulnerability and frustration. At this time you need the right advice to navigate the legal issues as well as insight into the emotional journey that has begun.

At Small Myers Hughes Lawyers, we not only specialise in guiding and advising you through what is complex law but we also take the time to understand your personal circumstances so we can work together to create a strategy aimed to bring about the best solution for you and your family.

Sometimes despite best intentions an amicable outcome is unavailable and if in these times negotiations cannot be made, then you can be assured we will fight to achieve a favourable outcome.

Principal and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Michael Small, leads our team of proactive and dedicated family lawyers who have assisted numerous clients with their family and relationship matters. Further recognition of our team's expert skills includes Principal, Craig Nicol's co-authorship of national reference work, "The Family Law Book", which provides advice and legal analysis to other family lawyers.

Due to the multi-disciplinary structure of our firm, we offer advice and solutions on a range of issues that are often overlooked by other family lawyers or are simply outside their area of expertise. Michael Small is a Chartered Tax Advisor who together with our tax team, led by Principal and Accredited Taxation Law Specialist David Hughes, provides taxation support for our family law clients ensuring a thorough and comprehensive outcome addressing family law, corporate and taxation issues.

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Our services

Although our full suite of family law services is more comprehensive, our particular expertise covers:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Pre-Separation Legal Advice and Strategy
  • Property Division and Settlement
  • Defacto Relationships
  • Same Sex Relationships
  • Pre-nuptial and Financial Agreements
  • Mediation & Family Dispute Resolution
  • All Children's Issues
  • Child Support
  • Tax Effective Divorce

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Our Tax Effective Family Law

With Principals and Chartered Tax Advisors Michael Small and David Hughes, our family law team work with our tax law team to provide effective tax solutions into your overall family law strategy. Our particular expertise includes:

  • Tax Effective Divorce
  • Tax Issues
  • Stamp Duty Issues
  • Superannuation
  • Asset Structuring & Restructuring (pre & post separation)
  • Child Maintenance Trusts

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Phone:+ 61 7 5552 6666
Fax:+ 61 7 5528 0955
Address:Level 2, 17 Welch St Southport, Qld, 4215
Postal:PO Box 1876
Southport 4215

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Divorce or relationship breakdowns can often create questions, concerns or fears about the future; financial security; welfare of any children; personal safety and how best to deal with the emotional and legal consequences. SMH Lawyers assist our clients with these matters and ensure that any decision is a fully informed one. If you are not yet at the stage of making an appointment, the following resources are designed to provide some background information with respect to particular family law topics and contain some commonly asked questions that may assist.

If you have a question that is not answered here or require more information as to a particular topic, please contact our Client Relationship Manager, Michelle Silipo on (07) 5552 6601 to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our family lawyers to discuss your circumstances and any queries that you may have.

Financial Agreements


Financial Agreements (sometimes referred to as "pre-nuptial agreements") are a type of agreement designed to enable couples who are about ...



In Australia, a spouse's entitlement to property adjustment, maintenance or child support (ie. financial matters) has very little to do ...

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