Family Law

Our team provides a full range of family law services in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for local, international and expatriate clients.

You can be confident that we will help guide you through the financial and parenting complexities that follow relationship breakdown, so that you can make better decisions and move on with your life.

We have built a nationwide Family Law team which combines expertise and empathy to provide family law services tailored to your circumstances. Several members of our team are accredited family law specialists and, between us, we offer hundreds of years of experience.

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We offer a full range of family law services for local, international and expatriate clients.

Our Approach

Our strategic approach to problem solving is what makes us different. By adopting a sensible and reasonable approach we can help our clients achieve their long-term aims.

When it comes to family law, there’s often no time to waste. That’s why we get straight to the heart of the matter, drawing out key issues with the skill and confidence of professionals who’ve been doing this for a long time. We provide clear guidance and advice to help you make better decisions.

A strategic approach to problem solving to help you achieve your long-term aims

We provide clear guidance and advice to help you make better decisions

Our services are delivered with empathy and tailored to your circumstances

We are trustworthy family lawyers who show respect and compassion


We understand that every client is different. And every client is deserving of trustworthy family lawyers who show respect and compassion and treat you as an individual.

Our Services

Dispute Resolution

Because we understand that relationship breakdown can be difficult, we actively support and engage in various dispute resolution processes to help our clients make decisions and reach solutions that best suit their individual circumstances.

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Divorce & Separation

Divorce and separation can be a stressful and uncertain time for many couples. On the surface the process appears straightforward, but complexities may arise with limitation periods and determining whether a de facto relationship exists.

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Property & Financial Settlements

Dividing assets when a relationship breaks down can be complicated for many people. Our team specialises in untangling complex property interests, intricate business and trusts structures, third party issues, and superannuation arrangements. Our experience is extensive, and we can help you navigate the complexities so that you can make better informed decisions.

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Family Violence

Family violence is any behaviour that is violent or threatening and coerces or controls a family member or causes a family member to be fearful. Our team has the experience and expertise to advise you where family violence impacts your family law matter or where an intervention or protection order is required.

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Children and Parenting

When your relationship breaks down you may need help making arrangements for the ongoing care of children. Our team is easy to talk to and we understand that every family is different. We work with parents and others (for example, grandparents) to achieve a solution that is in the best interests of the child.

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International Family Law

While pursuing business and professional opportunities abroad is both exciting and rewarding, complexities can arise if you form a relationship, marry, or have children in a situation that crosses national boundaries and those relationships end. Our team keeps up to date with the latest international developments so that we can give you the best advice.

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"Barry Nilsson is an experienced and highly regarded family law firm who provided me with personal attention as if I was their only customer. The level of professionalism and knowledge is outstanding."


Find your trusted family law adviser

Several members of our team are accredited family law specialists and can provide advice tailored to your circumstances.

Award-winning lawyers

Our team are respected as leaders in Family Law across Australia, and have recently received the following recognition:

Leading Family & Divorce Law Firm in Australia (First Tier) in Doyle's Guide 2024

13 Individual listings in Doyle's Guide 2024

  • 6 Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers
  • 3 Leading Family Law (High-Volume & Complex Property Matters)
  • 3 Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyers
  • 1 Family Law Rising Stars

Best Lawyers in Australia

10 individual listings for family law and family law mediation in the 15th edition of Best Lawyers 2023

Family Law Accredited Specialists

Nine of our family lawyers have been formally acknowledged as leaders in their field, and are recognised as Family Law Accredited Specialists

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