We help couples and families to separate the smart way.

With Kindness.

With Respect.

Without Court.

We help couples and families to separate the smart way.

With Kindness.

With Respect.

Without Court.

We help couples and families to separate the smart way.

With Kindness.

With Respect.

Without Court.

Multi-Award Winning Family Lawyers in Canberra

Divorce can be a stressful time in your life.

But it doesn’t have to be about fighting with your ex. There is a kinder, respectful and smarter way to separate and we can help you through it with the best legal advice.

Balance Family Law is a family law firm in Canberra ACT with an award winning reputation that keeps individuals and families out of court and focused on the future. From finalising child support to documenting clear parenting agreements, we have the best interests of your entire family in mind.

Let our family law firm help you sort it out.


I am separated or thinking about separating and need comprehensive advice.

We have an amicable relationship and would like a fast and affordable way to formalise our separation.
We’re having trouble reaching an agreement but are keen to sort it out peacefully.

I need to get my Will & Estate Plan sorted.


Save time, money and rest easy!

If you’ve separated and and agree on how to divide your assets and on parenting arrangements, our Forward>> solutions will provide you with a legally binding agreement swiftly and at an affordable fixed fee. Achieve peace of mind and save tens of thousands of dollars in Stamp Duty (or Capital Gains Tax) on your property transfer.

Our Canberra family lawyers are all about keeping things simple. Finalising your separation doesn’t have to be complicated when working with our family law experts.

“Many thanks for how easy you made our property transfer. The process was so smooth and you were both fantastic to deal with.”

– Z.M, client.

Our Canberra Family Lawyers Pepe and Jono
Two family lawyers walking alongside each other discussing a family law case

Reflect, refocus and rebuild after separation…

Mindset is everything and having the right approach at the very beginning, can set you on a path to an amicable divorce. Knowledge about the family law process and your options provides comfort and clarity during an otherwise challenging period.

“I highly recommend Perpetua Kish (Pepe). She handled my case with care, respect and dedication. She never treated me as just another case and she’s always truly invested in the best possible outcome for my children and myself.”

– K.W, client 

Achieve a peaceful outcome…

We are trained in conflict coaching, collaborative law practice and human services. We understand that family law problems require not only a legal solution, but a human one. We work with financial planners, mediators and other family court professionals to provide the best possible advice and guidance to you.

“Jonathon and Pepe handled my case very respectfully and efficiently. They kept me up to date with any changes and progress throughout the whole process and made an effort to make sure I understood my rights and that they were protected. They were extremely professional and I felt they had my best interest at heart.”

– R.R, client

Balance Family Lawyers Perpetua Kish (Pepe) and Jonathon Naef (Jono) standing together
Jono and Pepe standing back to back

Create your Will and Estate Plan...

Do you know that estate law requires you to create a new Will after your separation? We work with you to make sure that your estate plan is in order, and your loved ones will be looked after so you can rest easy.

“Balance Family Law, an award winning professional team that exude excellence, integrity and compassion in all services. Absolutely recommend Balance for family law and estate planning.”

– I.C, client




We are all about providing a simple, stress-free service and a streamlined separation process.
Over the years, we have come to realise that many of our friends and family would struggle with legal fees if they ever had to engage a family lawyer. So in response, our firm of family lawyers in Canberra are accessible, affordable and 100% fixed fee regardless of your family law matter.
We consider what we need to do to get the job done right. We check that every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ is crossed. We are thorough and conscientious. We are not a DIY service. Family relationships and family legal matters are complicated and helping you is all part of the process.
We care. We go that extra mile. You may not always remember every word we said to you after the dust has settled on your agreement, but you will remember how we made you feel.
We want to make a difference. We don’t think it’s fair to charge $100 for a 10-minute phone call. In fact, all phone calls (and emails) are part of our fixed fees for a cost effective solution. You can email or call us without worrying about racking up the costs with our clear financial agreements.
We factor in our running costs. We consider your needs but also how much we need to keep us in business and continue to offer an awesome service.
We value transparency and our fixed fees are provided to you upon engagement so you know what your fees will be, every step of the way. We will always have that conversation with you up front to find the pricing model that will fit your needs and support you during the entire legal process.



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Finalist - Corporate Kindness Awards

Issued by Corporate Kindness Awards · Winners announced April 2022

Winner - Sole Practitioner of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Dec 2021

Winner – Partner of the Year (Family Law)

Issued by Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards · Nov 2021

Winner - Service Business Award

Issued by Ausmumpreneur Awards · Sep 2021

Winner - Service Business of the Year

Issued by Roar Awards · Sep 2021

Winner - Innovation Award for Legal Education and Change Initiatives

Issued by APAC Insider · Aug 2021

Winner - Top Boutique Law Firm 2021

Issued by Australasian Lawyers · Aug 2021

Winner- Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Issued by APAC Insider · Aug 2021

Finalist - Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Jun 2021

Finalist - Innovator of the Year Award (Company)

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Jun 2021

Finalist - Innovator of the Year Award (Individual)

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Jun 2021

Finalist – 30 Under 30 Award (Family Law)

Issued by Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards · Apr 2021

Winner - Rising Stars in Family Law

Issued by Global Corp Media · Mar 2021

Finalist -Rising Star Ausmumpreneur of the Year

Issued by Ausmumpreneur Awards · 2021

Finalist -Social Change Hero

Issued by Roar Awards · 2021

Winner - Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Sep 2020

Winner - Family Law Firm of the Year

Issued by Corporate Live Wire · Sep 2020

Winner - Service Business Award

Issued by Ausmumpreneurs · Sep 2020

Winner -Emerging Mumpreneur

Issued by Ausmumpreneur · Sep 2020

Finalist - Sole Practitioner of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Aug 2020

Winner - Rising Stars of Family Law

Issued by APEC Insider · Jul 2020

Winner – Family Law Firm of the Year (Australia)

Issued by International Advisory Experts (IAG) 2020

Outside of Balance, I am an adjunct lecturer and assessor with the College of Law in the ACT. In this role, I lecture and mentor future lawyers in the ACT and surrounding regions, as they complete their Practical Legal Training (which is the course you are required to complete to be able to practice as a lawyer).

When I am not lawyering I love to travel and have already made it to 18 countries across Europe and Asia. My personal goal is to travel to every continent, including Antarctica. My favourite destination so far is Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, where I skydived over the Swiss Alps!

My innovative approach to law has seen me, and Balance Family Law recognised with over 23 national and international awards and accolades since 2020 including the prestigious Lawyer’s Weekly Family Law Partner of the Year 2021, Australian Law Awards Sole Practitioner of the Year 2021, Australian Law Awards Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2020 and the Gold Ausmumpreneur Award for a Service Business in 2020 and 2021. I have also received consecutive Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence for my work with families and children on the frontline during my time working in child protection. In 2022 and 2023, I was invited to be a Judge at the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards, and Partner of the Year Awards, and the National Ausmumpreneur Awards.

As one of Australia’s most respected family lawyers and a gamechanger in the lawyer space, I look forward to working with you to navigate this challenging time in your life.