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Chris Nyst leads our team of experienced lawyers who help clients journey through what is often an emotional and sometimes financially difficult process.

Family Lawyers - Gold Coast and Brisbane

Nyst Legal is home to passionate and experienced family lawyers who understand the financial and emotional burden that family disputes can inflict on all involved. We know that at this difficult time you need clear, honest, and reliable advice that will give you the ability to make informed and confident decisions on your family’s future.

We deliver swift and effective solutions for our clients, enabling them to move on with their lives as quickly, painlessly, and cost-effectively as possible. Our family lawyers are committed to delivering sensible outcomes, without the unnecessary costs that are sometimes generated by “emotional lawyering”.

Whether you are entering a new relationship, separating, getting divorced, have a family property or parenting dispute, or require estate planning services, Nyst Legal has the knowledge and expertise to identify your needs and provide you with clear, accurate, and sensible advice. Our will expertise and legacy protection strategies ensure that every aspect of your future and that of your loved ones is securely planned and protected. We will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome.

Our expert team of family lawyers also advises on Domestic Violence matters including protection orders and court proceedings associated with them.

Advocating For You

Our Brisbane and Gold Coast family lawyers will always make you and your family’s best interests the priority when working on your matter. We aim to protect, guide and champion families facing sometimes very destructive legal issues.

To ensure the optimum solution for you and your family, our lawyers gather vital evidence, prepare necessary documentation, negotiate and advocate on your behalf. We are trained and equipped with excellent interviewing and interpersonal skills that allow us to communicate and empathise with you, in order to address and alleviate your fears and your concerns, and our family lawyers consistently apply exceptional negotiating skills, a strong and practical approach to problem-solving, and sound judgment, when dealing with legal family issues in and out of court.

You can rely on our Gold Coast and Brisbane family lawyers to fight for your rights and work tirelessly to achieve for you the very best available outcome.

Have you separated from your partner?

When any marriage or de facto relationship ends the respective interests of each of the parties need to be formally settled between them. Divorce and property settlements are two very different things in Australia. You do not need to be separated for a certain period of time to organise a property settlement. However, even when there is no dispute about who should get what, it is advisable to legally formalise the settlement of your property interests when you part company. The reason for this is that the Family Law Act itself does not recognise informal property arrangements.

By law, a mutual agreement does not determine your respective property rights. It’s vitally important that the agreement is formalised. The best way to do that is by way of a formal order of the Family Court or a Binding Financial Agreement. Provided the required documents are comprehensively prepared and deal with all of the respective matters, they’ll finally settle and dispose of all mutual financial interests between the parties and ensure there’s no lingering potential for either party to make a claim in the future.


Make sure you know your Family Law property and financial rights. Call 07 5509 2400 to book a no obligation case conference to review your property and financial interests.

Get In Touch with Us

After hours please call +61 7 5509 2400 and select our urgent after hours option for assistance

At our initial conference we will offer you general preliminary advice identifying the likely pathway to resolution of your matter. You will leave the initial meeting with a clear understanding of how you may resolve your issues, and the likely costs involved.

As a client of Nyst Legal, you can expect our family lawyers to:

Our family lawyers, based on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, advise on a full range of issues including:


  • Property settlements and mediation
  • Identifying and valuing net property
  • Injunctions to preserve property
  • Assessing contributions
  • Alterations of property interests
  • Property settlement calculation
  • Enforcement of property orders
  • Transactions to defeat claims
  • Bankruptcy
  • Creditor and other third parties

Financial Agreements

  • Prenuptial issues
  • Issues arising during marriage/de facto relationships
  • Post marital disputes


  • Parenting disputes
  • Living arrangements
  • Parenting arrangements and orders
  • Dispute resolution and mediation
  • Court applications
  • Breach of Parenting Orders
  • Recovery and location of children

Child Support Arrangements

  • Calculation of maintenance formulae
  • Periodic and non-periodic child support
  • Child support agreements
  • Court Orders
  • Court declarations

Spousal Maintenance

  • Establishing claims
  • Declaration about existence of de facto relationships
  • Urgent maintenance orders
  • Lump sum orders
  • Specification of spousal maintenance component of property orders
  • Cessation of spousal maintenance

Domestic Violence

  • Protection orders
  • Court proceedings

Latest Family Law Blogs

The latest news about Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon and Forbes Rich List’s wealthiest person in the world, could have a lot of people re-thinking whether a timely prenuptial agreement may just be a very good idea. Bezos, whose net worth is estimated to be, on last count, around $136.7 billion, announced earlier this month that he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are heading for the divorce courts. And guess what – they don't have a pre-nup in place. That means some judge is going to have to work out who gets what, and there's a whole big bunch of lollies on the table.
Before you can become a plumber or a carpenter you have to undertake years of technical training, work under close and exacting supervision, sit for exams, and earn your ticket. No one gets to be a doctor, lawyer or accountant unless they first qualify for university, then study day and night for years, sit regular and sometimes arduous examinations, and pass with flying colours. But to become a parent, all you have to do is find a partner, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.
Recent legislative changes in New Zealand introducing 10 days paid leave for victims of domestic violence, are likely to throw up some thorny issues on both sides of ‘The Ditch.”

Why Choose Us?



With a legacy of legal excellence spanning more than five decades, Nyst Legal brings experience you can trust. Our dedicated team has the clout and commitment to provide expert legal solutions tailored to your needs. Your success is our priority.



Our team members are focused on achieving the very best possible result we can for all our clients. We love what we do and, for that reason, we do it very, very well.



We bring together a diverse group of lawyers and trusted external consultants, with expertise across multiple disciplines, to ensure we identify the very best possible result for you, and give you the very best chance of achieving it.



We value our ability to communicate with and assess the needs of our clients, whatever may be their background, status or position in life. We listen attentively to every client, strive to accurately understand their problem, identify their achievable goal, and work hard to deliver the right solution for them.

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Whether your matter is civil, criminal or commercial in nature, our team at Nyst Legal has all the experience, expertise and diligence necessary to ensure that you achieve the absolute best available result.