Leanne Stuchbery - Senior Associate - Brisbane
Leanne holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies from Southern Cross University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics from Griffith University. She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2005.
Leanne has practiced predominantly in family law, but also had some experience in other general practice areas in the early years of her legal practice. Leanne can assist in all areas of family law, including property settlements, parenting matters and child support. Leanne is able to assist with negotiating to resolve matters and also with litigation where court proceedings are necessary.
Outside of work, Leanne enjoys yoga, dancing and baking.
Parenting matter resolved by consent
Our solicitor Leanne Stuchbery represented the father in a parenting matter which proceeded to trial.
The client had concerns that the mother was not adequately caring for the child and without the benefit of legal advice, took matters into his own hands by withholding the child from the mother’s care. He consulted our office after the mother had commenced proceedings seeking a recovery order.
Although the child was returned to the mother’s care while the court proceedings progressed, and the father did not always like the approach we were suggesting, he was prepared to work with our office and follow the advice we gave him.
The matter proceeded to trial, and after the mother had spent some time in the witness box being cross-examined, consent orders were able to be reached on the basis that the child would move from the mother’s primary care to the care of the father.
Although the court process took time, the father was able to obtain final orders in the terms he sought.
Parenting orders obtained allowing mother to relocate
Our solicitor Leanne Stuchbery represented the mother in a parenting matter.
The client was seeking orders allowing her to relocate with the children after separation had occurred. The father commenced proceedings, seeking her immediate return with the children to the area where the parties had lived prior to separation.
The mother alleged that the father had been controlling and that she had no family or other support in the area. The father claimed the mother had left the area with the children by stealth and that she did have a support network in the area.
Ms Stuchbery advised the mother that while the court was not required to determine where she was permitted to live, she would need to demonstrate to the court that her proposal would facilitate the children’s best interests.
Ms Stuchbery was able to assist the mother in successfully obtaining court orders that she and the children be permitted to remain living close to her family, despite the father’s objections.