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FRANCES EDWARDS

Founding Partner

Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Qualified Mediator
Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Economics
Practising since 1986

ABOUT FRANCES:

With over 35+ years of success in complex family law matters, Frances is one of Sydney’s most senior, experienced, well-known and respected Family Law practitioners. As Edwards Family Lawyers founding Partner and most experienced senior solicitor, Frances has nurtured and matured a legal team that can handle the most complex of matters.

Frances has been a Law Society of NSW Accredited Family Law Specialist for over 28 years and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Frances was admitted to practice in 1986 and has practised exclusively in Family Law for over 35 years after graduating with a Bachelors of Laws and Economics.

Frances has specialised knowledge and experience in all aspects of Family Law matters including separation and divorce, property settlement, finalisation of Family Law settlements including...

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MICHAEL MOLONEY

Partner

Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Laws Commercial Litigation
Practising since 2006

ABOUT MICHAEL:

Michael is a Law Society of NSW Accredited specialist in Family Law. This combined with his commercial litigation experience and completion of a Masters of Laws in Commercial Litigation, means he is well equipped to handle complex Family Law matters as he draws on experience in other jurisdictions which so often overlap with Family Law. Michael’s approach is strategic, systematic and highly detailed, bringing successful outcomes for his clients. Michael understands that for many people, their Family Law matter is their first experience with the legal system and it can be confusing and overwhelming. He earns trust by providing a supportive yet pragmatic approach to their individual situation.

Michael is a Partner at Edwards Moloney Family Law – having joined the firm in 2018. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Family Law having practiced in a Family Law Firm for over 15 years. Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws/Arts. He was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW and as a Solicitor to the High Court of Australia in 2006. Divorce Lawyers in Sydney are...

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LACHLAN JACKSON

Senior Associate

Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Bachelor of Arts
Masters of Applied Family Law
Practising since 2014

ABOUT LACHLAN:

Lachlan is a Senior Associate at Edwards Family Lawyers having first joined the firm in 2018. Lachlan is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law and has worked exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2011. In that time, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and appreciation for the expertise required in Family Law.

Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Arts Bachelor and Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a Masters of Applied Family Law (with Distinction). He was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW and as a Solicitor to the High Court of Australia in May 2014.

Lachlan understands that divorce and family breakdowns are a stressful and often overwhelming experience for his clients. He takes pride in adopting an empathetic, friendly yet well-grounded approach to navigating clients through the Family Law process to achieve the best outcome available.

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NICHOLAS GIBBS

Senior Associate

Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Communication
Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Practising since 2016

ABOUT NICHOLAS:

Nicholas is a dedicated family lawyer who has extensive experience having worked as a family lawyer for many years in both national and specialist family law firms.

Nicholas recognises the importance of excellent communication with his clients to ensure they are informed of their options and understand advice so they can make good decisions. He has a good eye for detail and an ability to summarise the issues in a matter and outline the pathway to achieving a favourable outcome.

He takes a pragmatic approach to divorce & family law matters and advocates strongly for his clients to achieve their desired outcomes in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible…

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TILLY HERBERT-SMITH

Associate Lawyer

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Member of the Law Society of NSW
Practising since 2019

ABOUT TILLY:

Tilly is a motivated family lawyer whose experience includes practising in a Family Law team within a national law firm as well as boutique specialist Family Law firms.

Tilly is a forthright advocate and has been described by a former client as a ‘terrier’ when it comes to investigating complex financial arrangements and structures. Her incisive approach enables early practical discussion of issues which facilitates a final resolution for her clients at the earliest opportunity

Tilly has experience in divorce negotiations, mediation and litigation as a passionate Sydney Family Lawyer who aims

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Victoria Principe

Family Lawyer

Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Business
Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Practising since 2021

ABOUT VICTORIA:

Victoria is a dedicated and experienced lawyer who specialises in Family Law and draws upon her previous experience in other types of litigation to assist her clients.

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Distinction) from the University of Technology, Sydney, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She advises her clients on various family law issues, such as property settlements, divorce, child support, relocation, de-facto relationships and parenting disputes.

Victoria was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2021 and is a member of The Law Society of New South Wales. As an undergraduate at the University of Technology, Sydney, she volunteered for Women’s Safety NSW...

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Zoe Hanley

Paralegal

3rd year Bachelor of Laws
and Commerce (Accounting)

Paralegal and Support Team

Our paralegals are all actively undertaking degrees in Law, whilst completing degrees in supporting fields such as Accounting and Commerce. Our paralegals are motivated in pursuing life-long careers in Family Law and they actively aid our lawyers in managing our clients’ cases including collating and indexing documentation required for disclosure in property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support, parenting cases and mediation. Edwards Family Lawyers team is located in Sydney, Australia, and prides itself on providing top-quality systems and ongoing training to our supporting staff to ensure our family law firm delivers the highest quality service for which Edwards Family Lawyers is renowned.

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Isabella Barkus

Paralegal

3rd year Bachelor of Laws
and Bachelor of Business

Paralegal and Support Team

Our paralegals are all actively undertaking degrees in Law, whilst completing degrees in supporting fields such as Accounting and Commerce. Our paralegals are motivated in pursuing life-long careers in Family Law and they actively aid our lawyers in managing our clients’ cases including collating and indexing documentation required for disclosure in property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support, parenting cases and mediation. Edwards Family Lawyers team is located in Sydney, Australia, and prides itself on providing top-quality systems and ongoing training to our supporting staff to ensure our family law firm delivers the highest quality service for which Edwards Family Lawyers is renowned.

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Sinead Peters

Paralegal

4th year Bachelor of Laws
and Bachelor of Psychology

Paralegal and Support Team

Our paralegals are all actively undertaking degrees in Law, whilst completing degrees in supporting fields such as Accounting and Commerce. Our paralegals are motivated in pursuing life-long careers in Family Law and they actively aid our lawyers in managing our clients’ cases including collating and indexing documentation required for disclosure in property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support, parenting cases and mediation. Edwards Family Lawyers team is located in Sydney, Australia, and prides itself on providing top-quality systems and ongoing training to our supporting staff to ensure our family law firm delivers the highest quality service for which Edwards Family Lawyers is renowned.

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Charlotte Ekins

Paralegal

3rd year Bachelor of Laws
and Bachelor of Business

Paralegal Team

Our paralegals are all actively undertaking degrees in Law, whilst completing degrees in supporting fields such as Accounting and Commerce. Our paralegals are motivated in pursuing life-long careers in Family Law and they actively aid our lawyers in managing our clients’ cases including collating and indexing documentation required for disclosure in property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support, parenting cases and mediation. Edwards Family Lawyers team is located in Sydney, Australia, and prides itself on providing top-quality systems and ongoing training to our supporting staff to ensure our family law firm delivers the highest quality service for which Edwards Family Lawyers is renowned.

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Anabelle Truong

Paralegal

3rd year Bachelor of Laws
and Bachelor of Arts

Paralegal and Support Team

Our paralegals are all actively undertaking degrees in Law, whilst completing degrees in supporting fields such as Accounting and Commerce. Our paralegals are motivated in pursuing life-long careers in Family Law and they actively aid our lawyers in managing our clients’ cases including collating and indexing documentation required for disclosure in property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support, parenting cases and mediation. Edwards Family Lawyers team is located in Sydney, Australia, and prides itself on providing top-quality systems and ongoing training to our supporting staff to ensure our family law firm delivers the highest quality service for which Edwards Family Lawyers is renowned.

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Anouck Heyse

Paralegal

2nd year Bachelor of Laws
and Bachelor of Professional Accounting

Paralegal and Support Team

Our paralegals are all actively undertaking degrees in Law, whilst completing degrees in supporting fields such as Accounting and Commerce. Our paralegals are motivated in pursuing life-long careers in Family Law and they actively aid our lawyers in managing our clients’ cases including collating and indexing documentation required for disclosure in property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support, parenting cases and mediation. Edwards Family Lawyers team is located in Sydney, Australia, and prides itself on providing top-quality systems and ongoing training to our supporting staff to ensure our family law firm delivers the highest quality service for which Edwards Family Lawyers is renowned.

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How we can help your Family Law matter?

At our highly-regarded Family Law Firm in Sydney, our devoted team of accomplished lawyers work tirelessly and empathetically to guide clients through the often challenging and intricate aspects of legal matters. We are acutely aware of the emotional strain and impact these situations can have on individuals and families, which is why we approach each case with compassion and a deep understanding of the associated stressors and implications.

Throughout the years, our accomplished family law firm has proudly served a multitude of clients across Sydney and North Sydney, consistently providing bespoke legal strategies designed to address their specific requirements and situations. Our team’s expertise and commitment to understanding each client’s unique scenario have made us a trusted choice in Sydney and North Sydney. By carefully assessing each case and applying our extensive knowledge of family law, we have built a reputation for delivering tailored solutions that effectively address our clients’ needs and navigate the complexities of their circumstances. This unwavering dedication to client success has positioned us as a leading family law firm in Sydney and North Sydney, known for our proficiency, ability to handle difficult cases, and achieving favourable outcomes for those we serve.

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Navigating Your Legal Journey

Our comprehensive range of services covers various facets of family law, encompassing, but not limited to:

  • Navigating the complexities of divorce and separation proceedings
  • Establishing fair and equitable child custody and visitation agreements
  • Resolving property disputes and negotiating financial settlements
  • Drafting and reviewing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Addressing domestic violence cases and obtaining restraining orders
  • Assisting with adoption and surrogacy matters in compliance with legal requirements
  • Resolving paternity disputes and handling parentage-related issues

By entrusting your case to our proficient Family Lawyers in Sydney, you can rest assured that your legal concerns will be managed with the utmost professionalism, compassion, and steadfast dedication. Collaboratively, we will traverse the complex legal terrain and endeavor to secure the most favorable outcome for both you and your loved ones.

About Edwards Moloney Family Law

We are a leading family law firm in Sydney with over 30 years of award-winning experience in matters relating to complex family law matters. We are a full-service family law firm with a rich history of helping clients with complex property settlements, divorce law, divorce negotiations, child custody and mediation services. Our law firm has a strong focus on providing expert specialist advice relating to Family Law following the breakdown of your marriage or de facto relationship.

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What are Accredited Family Law Specialists?

Members of our senior legal team are accredited Family Law Specialists. In the legal profession an Accredited Specialist is a practising solicitor who has demonstrated specialised competence in a particular area of law and has been conferred Specialist Accreditation by the Law Society under its Specialist Accreditation Scheme. Our Family Lawyers in Sydney are highly experienced accredited specialists in divorce, settlement and all matters related to Family Law. EM family lawyers have 4 accredited specialists working out of our offices in Sydney CBD and North Sydney.

 How to decide the best family lawyer for your case?

1. Assess your situation:
In order to find the most suitable family lawyer for your case, it is important to first evaluate your specific needs. Ask yourself what kind of legal representation you require. Do you need help with a divorce, child custody, property settlement or more complex matters? Once you have determined what kind of legal advice you need, it is time to begin searching for the best possible lawyer for your situation. It is beneficial to speak with people who you trust and who have had experience with family law firms in the past. By speaking with friends, family members, or colleagues, you can gain valuable insight into which firms may be best suited to handle your particular case.

2. Recommendations to a Family Lawyer
Family Lawyer recommendations from friends and family are a great starting point for finding the right family lawyer. While it is true that your situation or divorce may be different from someone else‘s, recommendations can provide an indication of the quality of service you can expect from a particular family lawyer for your divorce.

3. Finding the best family lawyer for your matter :
When you’re looking for the best family lawyer in Sydney, especially for a divorce, it’s important to do some research yourself. Start by searching for lawyers who focus on family law, because they’ll have the right kind of know-how for your situation. Make sure they’re not just any lawyer, but ones with special training in family law – these are the experts you need. Check out where they studied and what kind of legal training they’ve had. It’s good to know how long they’ve been working, especially in family law, and what kinds of divorce cases they’ve handled before. The more family law experience they have, the better they can help you. Also, it’s a good idea to see if they have any special certificates or awards in family law. This shows they’re passionate about their job and keep learning to be the best. Don’t forget to check if they’re officially registered as lawyers in Sydney. By looking into all these things, you can feel more confident about choosing the right lawyer for your divorce case. 

4. Schedule an Initial Consultation and speak with a solicitor:
Once you’ve identified several potential family lawyers in Sydney, especially those skilled in handling divorce cases, the next crucial step is to arrange initial consultations with them. These meetings are key opportunities to share the specifics of your case and assess the lawyer’s approach and expertise. During these consultations, gauge how comfortable you feel with their strategy and experience, as this is vital in ensuring effective representation. It’s often necessary to have consultations with multiple solicitors to determine the best fit for your needs. Finding a solicitor you can trust and feel confident in is paramount, especially in the sensitive and complex realm of family law. Prior research about each solicitor’s background and experience, along with diligent note-taking during the meetings, can greatly streamline this process. These preparatory steps are instrumental in making an educated decision. They enable you to compare and contrast the competencies and interpersonal dynamics of each solicitor, ensuring you choose the best family lawyer in Sydney who aligns with your specific legal requirements and personal preferences.

5. Ask Questions:
It is important to ask a lot of questions during each consultation with each lawyer. You should inquire about their experience, how they would handle your case, if they have had any success with similar cases, and what strategies they would use to help you reach your desired outcome e.g. similar divorces in Sydney. Additionally, you should make sure to ask about their fees so that you know exactly what you are getting into if you decide to hire them. A good lawyer will be taking notes throughout the meeting and it is recommended that you do the same in order to get the most out of the consultation.

 

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Divorce & Separation

Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Sydney

When married couples separate, there is only one ground for the grant of a Divorce Order, and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is established by the parties being separated for a minimum of 12 months prior to Divorce. In some circumstances, parties can be living under the same roof and still be able to establish this ground.

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Property Settlement

Expert property settlement lawyers

Edwards Moloney Family Lawyers can assist you and your spouse/partner to come to an agreement in relation to all financial matters and issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship, including the division of all assets and liabilities, spouse maintenance payments, superannuation splitting orders and child support departure Orders.

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Negotiation & Resolution

Expert negotiation and resolution lawyers

Opportunities for negotiation and settlement exist not only before proceedings are commenced, but also after proceedings have been commenced and right up until the time that the Court finally hears and determines the matter. Parties can settle a matter at any time.

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Parenting & Children

Parenting and Children Family Lawyers

The best interests of the children is the paramount consideration when determining the most appropriate and suitable arrangements for the children after a separation. At Edwards Moloney Family Lawyers, we encourage our clients to participate in the counselling or mediation services available to assist them to reach an agreement with their spouse/former partner

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Mediation Services

Mediation Lawyers

Edwards Moloney Family Lawyers offer Mediation Services to assist parties to engage in effective dispute resolution. Our Principal, Frances Edwards, has extensive experience in negotiating settlements in both parenting and property matters, and is a National Accredited Mediator and member of LEADR and IAMA.

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De Facto

De Facto Lawyers

De Facto couples (including same sex couples) who separate after 1 March 2009 have the same rights as married couples. The rights and obligations of couples upon the breakdown of a Marriage or De Facto relationship are now all governed by the Family Law Act 1975. De Facto couples who separated prior to 1 March 2009 are still covered by the old State legislation

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