EFFORTS PRAISED:  Micaela Chomley.

Law firm welcomes new associate

FAMILY lawyer at Maroochydore-based Garland Waddington, Micaela Chomley, was recently made an associate in recognition for her achievements within the firm and the community.

Since joining the team nearly two years ago, Micaela has developed the family law stream from small beginnings into a very productive and busy core-service offering for the company.

Micaela said becoming an associate was a humbling experience because it not only recognised the time, energy and good job she was doing, it also reinforced her passion for helping people.

“Clients are often in a pretty dark situation when they first come to me and I love being able to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Ms Chomley said.

While there is a number of firms offering family law services across the region, what makes Micaela stand out from the crowd is that she is the first Sunshine Coast lawyer to work in the field of collaborative law, which supports separating couples in coming to mutually-agreed financial and custody outcomes without court proceedings.

“Collaborative law is a much smoother option for managing a separation, without the associated costs, delays and emotional hardship of waiting for a judicial ruling,” Ms Chomley said.

“We find that this process works best for people who want to spare their children from the emotional damage of the breakup and create the best outcomes for their families.”

Partner at Garland Waddington, Brendan Bathersby, said promoting Micaela to an associate was a “no brainer” because she had been an asset to the firm since joining the venture.

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