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Edwards Family Lawyers can help you reach a fair settlement in separation or divorce.
Contact us today to know more about our negotiation and resolution services. 

Negotiation and Resolution


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. At every step, Edwards Family Lawyers will strive to negotiate and resolve your dispute, even in circumstances where Court proceedings have commenced. Our aim is to avoid litigation and obtain an outcome that you are satisfied with, so as to minimise the expense and emotional stress of proceeding to a Court hearing.



There are various ways in which our Family Lawyers can assist in the negotiation and resolution process. Once we have advised our clients of their rights and obligations under the relevant legislation, we can then assist to resolve the issue(s) using a combination of methods, including:Mediation and Resolution – North Sydney Family Lawyers

  • Referral to mediation and other dispute resolution services
  • Engaging in settlement negotiations via written correspondence with the other party or their solicitor
  • Having discussions with the other party’s solicitor
  • Participating in a mediation or informal settlement conference

Sometimes parties are happy to try and directly negotiate with each other first. Edwards Family Lawyers can provide expert professional advice to ensure that our clients are equipped with all the knowledge to enable them to engage in effective and meaningful negotiations directly with their former spouse or partner. Whatever negotiation process is undertaken, we can offer specialist Family Law advice, guidance and representation.


Edwards Family Lawyers is a specialist Family Law Firm centrally located in North Sydney. In 2017, Edwards Family Lawyers was recommended in the Doyles Guide as one of the Leading Family and Divorce Law Firms in NSW. Our focus is on Negotiation, Resolution and Settlement, however, the team also has extensive experience in Family Law litigation, including parenting and financial matters.

The Firm was founded by Frances Edwards, a Law Society of NSW Accredited Family Law Specialist with over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of Family Law matters. Michael Moloney, a Law Society of NSW Accredited Family Law Specialist with over 15 years’ experience, has since joined Frances in partnership. Edwards Family Lawyers specialise exclusively in Family Law and related disputes.

Edwards Family Lawyers is committed to providing expert advice on all Family Law matters and to ensure that our clients understand their rights and obligations following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship.

Our services extend to all areas including the North Shore, Sydney CBD, the Eastern Suburbs, Western Sydney and South Sydney.


Once an agreement is reached, Edwards Family Lawyers will document the agreement in the most appropriate manner, whether by way of Consent Orders, Parenting Plans, Binding Financial Agreements, Deed of Release, Child Support Agreements, or a combination of these depending on the circumstances. Edwards Family Lawyers will also ensure, where appropriate, that the necessary steps are taken to lodge the final agreement with the Family Court or appropriate agency, to ensure that the agreement is binding on all parties.

Contact us for more information concerning these methods of resolving your dispute.

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Accredited Family Law Specialist

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. Edwards Family Lawyers is a highly experienced specialist family law firm that has 3 accredited specialists working out of our offices in Sydney CBD and North Sydney.

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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