family law

When family, children and assets matter

We’re your legal partners

Kott Gunning’s Family Law team understands the impact of separation and divorce on families, especially children. We help clients make informed decisions on sensitive issues – no matter the size or complexity. From divorce to property settlement to matters relating to children and child support, we’re focused on resolving issues quickly and cost-effectively. If possible, we aim to avoid protracted and expensive family court proceedings. However, where negotiation and mediation fail, we bring solid and up-to-date knowledge of Family Law, including divorce to any dispute. Strong support from other legal professionals at Kott Gunning allows us to provide the best possible expertise in all matters.

Why us?

We are accessible and can provide access to a supportive network of commercial and property lawyers, financial planners, valuers and accountants.
Our time and your money are precious. So, we listen and aim to structure a solution that will best enable our clients to move forward. We can offer a fixed fee initial consultation to understand what is important to you and to ensure you know your rights, entitlements and the options that are open to you. Thereafter our rates and fee structure will differ depending on the practitioner engaged and the nature of the matter. We feel strongly about transparency and no fee surprises.


Kott Gunning has been successfully protecting clients’ rights and interests in all areas of Family Law since 1919.

Our tight-knit team is led by Loretta Carè, who joined the firm in 2011 and has more than 25 years’ experience in Family Law. A former Assistant Secretary and Treasurer of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia, Loretta is a parent and a highly regarded family lawyer. She has vast experience with complex and often difficult divorce matters, including those relating to property settlement, children, de facto relationships, child support and spousal/partner maintenance.

We offer realistic, accurate advice that is cost-effective and timely. With support from in-house colleagues in other matters of law, we offer thorough, well considered advice to fit the particular circumstances of our clients who are coping with divorce– including overseas clients involved in Perth-based proceedings.

We can also call on barrister Henry Moser, a specialist Family Law Counsel of Stone Chambers, to assist as required.

What do our clients say?
  • “I appreciate all Danielle and Loretta have done for me. It was indeed a worthwhile investment.”
  • “We cannot put into words, in a way that would not take all day, how brilliant Loretta has been to us right from the very first meeting.”
  • “Loretta’s understanding, professionalism, advice and manner were second to none. Nothing was ever a problem and questions were always attended to and explained promptly and in a way that we completely understood.”
  • “At court, Loretta was always right there by our sides explaining and guiding and making this process so much easier than it could have been.”
  • “We are extremely thankful to Loretta for the time she has spent with us over the past 2 years and would not hesitate to recommend her and Kott Gunning to anyone we knew that was seeking legal guidance.”
  • “Many thanks for all your hard work and counsel…It’s a great result and I’m very excited that I can finally start my new life!”


We give advice and provide you with all options available to you.

Due to the large mining sector in Western Australia, a number of our clients are Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) workers who value a flexible, no nonsense approach from their lawyer. The FIFO life is not an easy one, listen to Red FM”s interviews with Kott Gunning’s FIFO family lawyer Danielle Hadida here.

Our family lawyers can assist with:

  • Providing quality advice that represents your best interests.
  • Speaking to parties or agencies on your behalf such as the Child Support Agency
  • Advising on particular legal issues arising from negotiations.
  • Representing your case and cost-effectively managing it for you.
  • Assisting with the correct completion of legal documents.
  • Recommending the best course of action for your circumstances.
  • Representing you in family court or at another dispute resolution process.
  • Providing appropriate advice on an agreement you are considering making.
  • Assisting you to accurately formalise and word a child support agreement or application for consent order.

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What we do

  • Marriage, separation and divorce
  • Defacto and same sex relationships
  • Property settlement and financial issues
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Arrangements for children
  • Relocation of children
  • Child residence and support agreements
  • Contravention and enforcement applications
  • Family Court injunctions and restraining orders
  • Superannuation splitting
  • Applications for exclusive occupation of properties
  • Applications for consent orders
  • Enforcement of orders
  • Consent orders and agreements
  • Court representation