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Shikha is an extremely passionate Family Law lawyer. This shows in the way she approaches each matter with the care and consideration her clients need and deserve. As a mother to two young girls, she empathises with all her clients, going the extra mile to help achieve results that work for their new family situation.
“I want to offer my clients the tools and direction to continue on with their lives. Knowing I can be a part of someone moving on and bettering their life, that’s the most rewarding thing about my job.”
In what can be an emotional area of law, Shikha is a firm believer in providing clear and direct advice. Shikha also calls on her extensive professional network of barristers, psychologists, valuers, accountants and psychiatrists to provide a holistic approach that addresses her client’s problem.
Experienced in all aspects of Family Law, Shikha helps clients with their custody arrangements, financial agreements and alternative forms of dispute resolution.
Shikha also speaks fluent Punjabi and understands Hindi.
all aspects of family law
alternate dispute resolution and mediation
complex financial matters (pre-nuptial and post-separation)
investigation of financial documents of hidden assets
parenting and custody arrangements
member, asian australian lawyers association
A client who had separated from her husband needed assistance when she discovered her husband had moved matrimonial funds overseas and was withholding financial disclosure. Acting quickly, Shikha was able to obtain injunctions restricting the husband’s movements as well as engaging in a forensic exercise, investigating the full extent of the property pool which exceeded what the client had originally been led to believe. The matter was litigated and fought hard but resulted in an outcome the client was happy with.
A distressed client came to Shikha after being removed from the family home by police after the client’s wife sought an intervention order. The wife also was refusing to allow the children to spend time with the client unless it was supervised. Shikha urgently applied to the court and obtained an independent expert report which supported the client having immediate, unsupervised and extended periods of time with the children. Over time, the parties were able to come to a workable parenting arrangement that was in the best interests of the children.
Shikha was able to negotiate a pre-nuptial style financial agreement for a client who had substantial assets, all obtained well before entering a relationship with his partner. The agreement saw that the client would retain his assets, which included property, companies and trusts involving a child from a previous relationship whilst also providing a monetary settlement to his new partner in the unlikely event of a separation. The agreement was achieved amicably, with both parties happy with the outcome.
A client following separation approached Shikha for assistance. She and her husband had a child under 10 years old and also had various assets both in Australia and overseas. The client was clear that whilst she and her husband had separated she wanted to achieve an outcome, both in terms of parenting and property, that allowed both parties to get on with their lives and still be amicable whilst doing what was in the best interest of their child. Shikha advised the client to engage an independent family law counsellor to assist her and her husband in their co-parenting efforts, helping ensure they could navigate the separation in the best interest of the child. Through the counselling, both parties were able to gain the necessary tools to facilitate an ongoing, healthy co-parenting relationship and it also led to a negotiated parenting agreement. Their agreement also included a negotiated property settlement that allowed the parties to delay the sale of property during COVID-19, so they could achieve an optimal sale price and the best outcome possible.