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Simplifying Family Law with Swiftly Legal

Chris Ambas, CEO and founder of Swiftly Legal Family Law wanted to change the way that family law is practiced in Australia, making family legal services more accessible, cost effective and easily understood for all Australians.


With Chris’ strong expertise and legal background, he was able to devise a solution by creating an internet-based service designed to automatically generate the documents you need to resolve your family law issues. This was achieved through the creation of online questionnaires that are simple and easy to follow. These questionnaires have been carefully prepared by industry experts and are designed to extract all the information required to generate legally compliant documents that reflect the current state of the law.

Once the documents are generated, they are sent to one of our partnered law firms for review, filing and any subsequent court room advocacy. By creating this system, it means that thousands of dollars and precious time can be saved as you only pay for the work that requires human judgement. And best of all, you receive the same high standard of work for a fraction of the cost. We estimate that by using this new and innovative service, you will only pay approximately 10-25% of what an ordinary law practice would charge.


During the process of finding suitable representation, every new client goes through the tedious process of being asked a series of identical questions conducted over the course of numerous telephone conferences, email correspondence and face-to-face interviews. The purpose of this laborious process is to enable lawyers to manually edit a set of template documents based on the information their clients provide. Once all the information has been obtained by all parties involved, it is used as correspondence or court documents for the purpose of conducting legal proceedings within the family courts.

These lengthy and slow processes incur individual costs at an exorbitant hourly rate which can lead to thousands of dollars in legal fees. Throughout the initial process of time-consuming meetings characterised by impenetrable legal jargon, clients are left feeling overwhelmed and confused.


Family law deals with family related issues and domestic matters covering many aspects such as child support and maintenance, property, financial disputes, divorce, parenting responsibilities, and surrogacy. The practice of family law is conducted inside family courts established by state and federal laws and is traditionally a costly and time-consuming process that is both routine and repetitive. A Melbourne family lawyer is tasked to assess the legal extent of every right and advise against unnecessary litigation where reconciliation is possible.

Whenever a husband and wife’s relationship, or other domestic partnership, comes to an unfortunate end, there are often children, real estate, money and personal assets in contest that the involved parties will fight over. Each involved party finds some form of legal representation to assist them obtain their fair slice of the assets held by the couple. When children are brought in to the equation, parents often litigate over parenting arrangements. Often the parents will not be able to come to an agreement on who gets custody and what visitation or other access the other parent has, it is then down to the legal system to make a final decision based on the presented facts. This will involve (in many cases) one parent having primary care of the children with the other parent having overnight time on a fortnightly basis.

The Judge may well grant some form of equal time with the children in some form of split. This would necessitate a legal agreement to be drawn up that specifies who has access to which child on what days. This will often require quite a detailed agreement to make it perfectly clear who has access and to stop misinterpretation of the access leading to further disputes.

When a divorce is inevitable and there is no way of resolving the issues, then the couple will have to go through the Melbourne family law process. The final verdict from the court will fix the split of property, assets and parenting arrangements. The court will also set matters related to spousal maintenance. The family court system will be able to deal with topics covering spousal abusive behaviour (physical, verbal or financial), child abuse, legitimacy and child abductions. The areas cover a wide spectrum and are anything that relates to a married or legally bound couple.

The court has strong and far-reaching powers over a couple, including the ability to grant or retract parental responsibilities. These powers extend to forcing parties to seek help, attend classes or counselling to resolve their problems. The court can also enforce some form of community service as ‘punishment’ for the offences made. The Family Law system is an essential feature of the law. Its aim is to try to resolve issues in the first instance and then take measures to ensure that no further harm can be done to involved parties.

More about Chris Ambas

Prior to founding Legal Shield, Chris Ambas worked as a solicitor specialising in family law. He has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of family law including parenting, divorce, pre/post nuptial agreements, complex financial disputes, jurisdictional issues and commercial surrogacy. In handling such matters, Chris aims to secure a negotiated settlement without compromising his client’s lawful entitlements. His approach to achieving this outcome is marked by the ability to dispassionately evaluate his client’s legal problems while maintaining a passionate commitment to solving them.

In 2015, he appeared as legal counsel for the applicants in Bernieres and Anor & Dhopal and Anor [2015] FamCA 736, the leading decision on the issue of whether a declaration of parentage is available in relation to children born as a result of an overseas commercial surrogacy arrangement.

Surrogacy law is a specialty for Chris and, following his appearance in the Bernieres and Anor & Dhopal and Anor case, he was interviewed by the popular blog Mamamia, lending his expert opinions and giving great insight on Commercial Surrogacy laws in Australia. Check out the article here

Chris graduated from York University in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. Outside of his practice, Chris is an avid martial artist. For the past 12 years, he has practiced and competed in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission wrestling. He also enjoys weightlifting and maintaining an active lifestyle. Additionally, Chris has a strong interest in the application of logical methods – both formal and informal – to the representation and evaluation of legal arguments.

Thanks to Chris and his team of specialists at Swiftly Legal, all Australians can now gain access to professional and cost-effective family law services with minimum family disruption.


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