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We acknowledge how separating from a partner (and particularly the parent of your child(ren)) can be difficult. It can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Simpson Western has experienced family lawyers who can help you - our family lawyers understand your needs, can advise you on your entitlements and a way forward, represent and advocate for you through the process, and strive for efficient and effective results. 

If you are going through a separation or divorce, we can help you with every step of the process including:

  • Giving initial advice about matters concerning children or family violence;
  • Drafting agreements;
  • Negotiating settlements;
  • Preparing parties for Family Dispute Resolution;
  • Attending round table meetings or mediations;
  • Preparing Court documents; and
  • Guiding you through the Family Court process.


Reaching agreement

In many cases people need help to reach agreement. We can assist you at every stage of the process. We can advise you in respect of your rights and legal entitlements (and this can happen before you've separated), we consider all relevant factors to determine your legal position (and strategy) and we can undertake negotiations on your behalf to reach the best possible outcome.

If you and your ex-partner have been able to reach agreement between yourselves as to ongoing care arrangements for the children, or other important issues affecting children, we are able to prepare necessary documents to reflect the agreement you have already reached. In a situation where you have largely reached agreement but need advice on various issues, we can advise you and help with the final negotiations to get the agreement over the line.


Court applications

Our team of family lawyers have many years of experience in the Family Court. 

Safety concerns

If there are concerns about a child(ren)'s safety, or your own safety, we can assist you with preparing or responding to urgent Family Court proceedings.

No safety concerns

If there are no safety concerns then Family Court proceedings are uncommon, but can be necessary in specific situations.

We can assist you in applying or responding to Family Court proceedings. 


We’re here to help

We have experience in a wide range of Family Court proceedings including Parenting Orders, guardianship disputes, relocation of children, and family violence.

Separating is never easy, but having an experienced family lawyer on your side can make all the difference so talk to one of our team today.


**NOTE: we do not provide legal aid services.

Our People

Candice Murphy

Managing Partner

Jessica Shaw


Ellen Snedden

Senior Associate

Bridget Wood

Senior Associate

Mia Petrovic


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