Orman Solicitors is a boutique law firm providing quality, expert legal advice in Family Law and Wills and Estate Planning. Established by Maggie Orman in 2008, the firm has offices in Sydney and Wagga and Maggie juggles her time, balancing career and being a busy working mum.
We caught up with Maggie to hear why she became a Family lawyer and what advice she can give to separating couples.
Meet Maggie Orman
Maggie comes from a rural background and originally studied agriculture gaining experience as a wool classer and shearing contractor. However, she was drawn to a career that could assist people and got experience working as a law clerk for a large firm whilst studying law. Maggie is passionate about helping people through some of the most challenging times of their lives and has been described by a client as “Approachable, professional and reliable. In a stage of my life where I felt as though I had no strength, Maggie was able to help me find myself and my strength again.”
Having moved to Sydney’s East in the early 2000s, Maggie has been fortunate to call the Eastern Suburbs home, now living in Rose Bay. When time permits and she has a chance to slow down she loves to spend time on the farm in Wagga Wagga. Maggie loves the vibrancy of the Eastern Suburbs and can be found visiting Parsley Bay or Bondi Beach for a swim and a bit of people-watching.
Throughout her 20 years of experience in Family Law and running her own firm for the last 15 years some of the best advice she could give couples going through separation and divorce is to:
Get advice early – even if you haven’t officially separated yet, go and get some legal advice so you know what options are available to you. It’s important you don’t bury your head in the sand and move ahead to try and address your issues as soon as possible. Mediation is a good method to resolve a family law matter rather than going through the court process.
Be respectful and strive for open communication. Maintaining a civil relationship with your ex-partner will greatly assist you in the legal process. It’s especially important if you have Children as you’ll continue to be involved in each other’s lives through co-parenting.
Don’t DIY your divorce. Even in cases of an amicable separation, it’s important to seek advice and do it properly, otherwise, it could provide you with challenges down the track.
Don’t listen to anyone else. No two relationships are the same. You will get advice from well-meaning friends and family who have been through this before. However, your situation and circumstances are unique. A Solicitor will work with you and for you to achieve the best possible outcome tailored to your situation. While moral support from loved ones is crucial, entrust the professionals to guide you through your separation.
Look after yourself. Protecting your mental health is vital through this period in your life. Going through separation and divorce is one of the most stressful life events you can experience. But rest assured, you will get through it. Speak to a doctor, and get a mental health plan so you can access counsellors and psychologists at a reduced rate. Maintaining mental fitness is paramount, and it’s essential to seek support from professionals when needed.
“I am fortunate to run my own legal practice in Sydney and Wagga with a fabulous team of female solicitors. I have over 20 years of experience in law and I specialise in Family Law and Estate Planning. I really enjoy the pace of working and helping people to solve their legal issues. Life can be complicated and I am privileged to help people through some of the most stressful times in their lives.”
At Orman Solicitors, we’re committed to delivering the highest quality legal advice and services. We pride ourselves on providing reliable, trustworthy services, unmatched legal experience and compassion and empathy in everything we do. No matter what your circumstances, our team always has the best interests of our clients in mind, and we’ll strive to be an advocate for you and your rights. If you or a friend is going through a separation please download your free guide to divorce and separation or contact our team for a complimentary 15 minute consultation to discuss the options available to you.
Phone: 1300 676 267