To be informed is to be empowered

The decision to separate is a brave one and never made easily.

Be informed

We offer couples information sessions to explain the steps involved in separating and formalising your separation agreement. 

Come and see us together to find out what to expect following your separation and learn how to settle your family law matters in a way that minimises the financial and emotional costs.

We do not provide legal advice in these sessions. Rather, we seek to educate and inform couples about the different ways they can amicably finalise their parenting and property agreements (with or without assistance from lawyers).  

Be confident

Schedule a FREE 20 minute Comfort Call if you have an urgent question or concern.

Click here to request our free guide “5 steps to an amicable divorce.

Check out our Blog and Freebies for more information and assistance.

Be supported

Meet with us separately for independent and tailored legal advice. 

  • Separation Strategy Session – $550.00 for up to 1.5 hours. This fee includes an emailed summary of your appointment and our recommended next steps.
  • Formal, written legal advice –  from $850.00
  • Wills & Estates first appointment – FREE

What next?

Should I book in alone or do we come in together?

We believe in the power of teamwork! A faster, fairer and more affordable separation is more likely if you can find common ground and finalise matters together.

While we prefer to work with both parties to reach a fair solution, we get that this not always possible. We are here to work with you and tailor our approach to best suit what your needs.

Do we have to obtain legal advice?

There is no legal requirement to obtain legal advice if you have reached agreement and decide to make your agreement official through consent orders.

If you’re unsure of your next steps, we strongly recommend you obtain some independent legal advice in relation to your situation. We can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities and also explain how the law applies to your situation.

If we elect to get legal advice, can you advise both of us?

No. We can only advise one party. However, we know some friendly family lawyers who would be happy to provide advice to your former partner and we are happy to pass on their details.

We cannot stress the importance of your former partner seeing an experienced family lawyer (and not a general lawyer) trained in collaborative law. These lawyers will work with us (and not against us) to preserve peace and harmony for an amicable separation.

What if I need to go to court, will you represent me?

Possibly. It depends on your specific circumstances. While Court is sometimes necessary, we prefer a solution-focused approach that considers both parties in a fair and equitable solution.

We do not appear in DV applications or hearings at the ACT Magistrates Court. We do not take on cases where there have been allegations of domestic violence including child abuse.

I don't live in Canberra, can you still help me?

Yes! Our online settlement solution Forward>> is available to couples Australia-wide*. If you engage us and live outside the ACT, we can stay in touch with you via Zoom or over the phone.

*As WA has different legislation, the process and the pricing is a little different. If you live in WA, you will need to contact us to discuss your particular situation.

Contact us for a free 15 minute phone consult to find out more.

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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.