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Initial Consultation

Edwards Family Lawyers is committed to providing expert advice on all areas of Family Law following the breakdown of your marriage or de facto relationship, including same-sex relationships.


The first consultation is often the most important meeting you will have at Edwards Family Lawyers. One of our Partners, Accredited Family Law Specialists, Frances Edwards or Michael Moloney, endeavour to meet all clients during the first meeting, whether the meeting is with either of them, or with a member of our highly qualified team of lawyers.

Prior to the initial consultation, Frances Edwards or Michael Moloney (or if they are not available, one of the lawyers at Edwards Family Lawyers) will have a discussion by telephone and inform the client of what they need to do to prepare for the North Sydney Family Lawyers initial consultation.

During our first consultation, our Family Lawyers confidently guide our clients through the Family Law process, with a view to providing clarity, knowledge and peace of mind about the process the client is about to embark upon. We understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be daunting and emotional, and sometimes financially complex, and we appreciate that our clients require practical guidance as to the best way to navigate through these issues. We endeavour to ensure that at the conclusion of our first consultation, our clients have a clear understanding of the Family Law process, and the steps ahead toward achieving resolution.

As part of our initial consultation, Frances Edwards, Michael Moloney or one of our Family Lawyers will obtain all the necessary information from our client to enable us to form an opinion as to their specific personal circumstances and requirements having regard to the relevant provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 and related legislation.

For clients requiring assistance in relation to a financial matter (property settlement, child support, spouse maintenance) we will take a detailed financial history of the relationship, including financial contributions and non-financial contributions such as homemaking and parenting contributions, made by each party to the relationship. We appreciate that our clients may not have all the details and information to hand during their first meeting, and we are happy to assist our clients to obtain that information to assist Edwards Family Lawyers to provide advice on the client’s rights and obligations under the Family Law Act 1975 and related legislation.

For clients requiring advice about parenting issues, we will obtain details in relation to the children’s care arrangements during the course of the relationship, as well as the current arrangements, and guide our clients through the various options available to achieving the best possible care arrangement for the future care of children based on our expertise and specialist knowledge in Family Law.

At the end of the first consultation, we provide our client’s with specialist advice on their rights and obligations under the Family Law Act 1975 and associated legislation. We also inform our clients of all the options available to them and recommend a course of action and strategy to assist them to achieve their desired outcome.

As we understand that our clients’ time is valuable, we recommend that our clients prepare a list of any questions or issues to be discussed during our first conference, as well as bringing with them any relevant documentation.

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. Frances, Michael and their firm 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.

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.

Our Family Law Services

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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


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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We acknowledge the Cammeraygal and Gadigal people being the traditional owners of the land on which we work and their elders past and present.