Resolving Family Law Matters Quickly and Cost Effectively.

We are dedicated to providing you with the legal solutions that bring closure to your family law matter.


Melbourne Family Lawyers has been guiding people through separation since 1985.

Move forward with clarity and confidence.

From the very first phone call I have been extremely impressed with the level of expertise, care and responsiveness. Having had 6 months of delays, poor communications and mistakes with another firm, it was an overwhelming relief to have a conversation with Hadyer, and then Guiseppe. They went out of their way to understand my case, and quickly distilled how they would take this on - both in terms of next steps and overall strategy. Information on their cost structure was simple and transparent. In a time of extreme stress, its great to not only get expertise, but also care and empathy, and realistic advice. Following on from my rubbish experience at a different firm, I did extensive research and spoke to many other firms. It would be very hard to go past Hayder and Guiseppe. You will be in good hands. Completely, whole heartedly recommend! Thankyou!
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The team's expertise and genuine care for their clients is unparalleled, making them the go-to firm for all your legal needs.
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Irene Casucian
The service I received was truly exceptional - it combined expert legal advice with a professional and compassionate approach. This was all the more remarkable considering the challenging and frustrating situation at hand.
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Leanne Fish
Thank you to the team for their continuous support, and for handling my situation with empathy and professionalism. Wasn’t sure where to go, really glad I turned to you all for the right legal advice.
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Thankyou to Penelope and the entire team of Melbourne Family Lawyers in assisting me in all aspects of my issues. Penelope was very understanding and absolutely professional in every manner through the entire legal process ensuring a great outcome. Totally recommend Penelope and the team at Melbourne Family Lawyers, honest, profession and totally understanding.
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Claud Mangifesta
The initial free consultation was very worthwhile and informative, with frank discussion of my situation. I was very appreciative that this could be organised within a few days of making contact.
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Ryan W

Every step is explained to you.

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Contact our office and we will assess whether or not we can help. If yes, we will provide you with a more detailed quote so you know exactly what to expect.

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Initial Consultation
Get all your questions answered with crystal clarity — including the ones you haven’t thought of asking yet but should. A detailed, 1-hour consultation with one of our family law experts is competitively priced at only $400.

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Next Steps
Depending on your circumstances and the nuances of your matter, we can devise our recommended strategies and your next best steps to create the best possible outcome.

Melbourne Family Lawyers - Honest advice, guidance and representation

Melbourne Family Lawyers is an Australian Family Law Specialist Firm based in Melbourne.

The most common thing we hear from our clients is "I just want to move on."

That is why we are dedicated to finalising your matter quickly and effectively.

Our Specialist Family Law Lawyers are accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria.

Get a tailored and cost-effective solution.

Specialised expertise

We specialise in family law matters. Unlike generalists, our entire team has dedicated their careers to understanding the nuances and complexities of family law. You can be confident in the knowledge that whatever your matter involves, chances are we have successfully handled a similar one many times before.

Client-first approach

Consistently receiving high praise and positive feedback from our clients is a testament to how seriously we strive to exceed expectations. We take pride in being dedicated to clients’ needs and goals, providing the highest level of customer service and satisfaction at every touchpoint.

Proven track record

We have over 35 years of successfully representing clients. We are part of a network of law firms that span across the entire east coast of Australia, meaning we have the resources to support your needs.

Top quality representation

Our team is headed by an Olympic athlete, who brings a unique perspective and determination to each case. With this leadership and guidance, our clients can be assured of receiving the highest level of representation and advocacy from our firm.

Optimal results

We believe in providing high value to our clients by offering personalised representation that will maximise the claim that you are seeking. Choose us and you will have peace of mind knowing that your legal team genuinely cares and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.


We are committed against common practices in the industry that can lead to dissatisfaction. We are always transparent about our fees, the legal process, and we don’t sugarcoat potential outcomes. You can expect to receive clear, honest and consistent communication, and that we will work efficiently to resolve your case.

Our Family Lawyers

Our lawyers have vast experience in Family Law. Whether your case involves a 50 million dollar business or a suburban house, a relocation with children to Preston or Paris, or a Divorce Application in Melbourne or Mumbai, rest assured that we know how to deal with it in the best possible way and obtain the best possible result for you.

Frequently asked questions

When it comes to separating, sometimes it is necessary for one party to move out.

The difficult decision in such circumstances may be deciding which person moves out and, if children are involved, which parent they should live with.

This is why we always recommend that you get advice early — even before you separate — so that you are armed with full knowledge of your legal rights.

We can guide you with pragmatic Family Law advice in making the right decisions for your future and that of your children.

The Family Law Act applies to everyone whether you are in a legal marriage, or a de-facto relationship (including a same-sex relationship).

Everyone’s personal situation is different and only a Family Lawyer can provide the expert advice which applies to your particular separation.

After a separation or divorce, couples can apply to the court for a property settlement if they cannot agree about how they want their assets divided.
There is no set percentage or fixed rates as to how assets are divided in Australia.
The court looks at a variety of factors to determine a result that is just and equitable for both parties. 
A divorce order simply ends the marriage; financial orders for the division of assets are made separately. 
Married couples can apply for a property settlement after separation until up to one year after the finalisation of their divorce.
De facto couples can apply for a property settlement up until two years after their date of separation.
The law requires us to look at the value of current assets and liabilities as well as the contributions each party has made to the relationship since it began.
These contributions are categorised as direct financial contributions such as income earning, indirect financial contributions such as inheritances, and non-financial contributions such as looking after children and household maintenance.
Lastly, you need to consider each party’s future needs based on their age, health and income-earning capacity.

The cost for a child custody lawyer is approximately $350 – $500 per hour.

The final amount that you could pay for a non contentious matter could be approximately $5000.

For contentious matters, you could pay between $20,000-$30,000 depending on the complexity of the matter.

Organise a consultation on the phone or at our Melbourne or Dandenong office. We will advise you as to how much we estimate your matter will cost and the next action steps that we recommend.

You will then decide as to whether you would like to proceed with our services.

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