Family Lawyer Melbourne

“I have had the absolute pleasure of dealing with Richard Hamilton of Nevett Ford Lawyers for the past eight months during an incredibly stressful and painful separation. Richard was both knowledgeable and kind in his dealings with me, his advice was open and honest and I was directed to the best conclusion possible with calmness and consideration. He always made time to speak to me if I called and every email was answered promptly and respectfully. Richard is a first class lawyer, who is both compassionate and driven, achieving the best result possible in difficult circumstances.”

Our family law team has a wealth of experience assisting clients dealing with a full range of simple to very complex property law matters, parenting disputes, intervention orders and criminal charges.

Members of the team include Senior Lawyer Richard Hamilton, Lawyer Erin Trantino and paralegal Stacey Raphael.

We regularly deal with helping people going through a separation to obtain an outcome that they are happy with both in relation to property and parenting matters. We deal with complex intermingled trust and company issues, but also help with working out how the family home and your superannuation can be best protected, or fairly apportioned between parties.

We often provide advice to clients at the beginning of relationships to help them achieve better asset protection structures, or to ensure that they have clarity about what would happen in the unlikely event of a separation. Often, we draft financial agreements, or ‘pre nups’ in these situation.

Our team also deals with all types of divorce, spousal maintenance, intervention order and breach of intervention order matters. We have an extensive network of referrers who can also assist you with taxation advice, further financial planning, or more complex criminal matters.

The Nevett Ford Melbourne difference is that we genuinely believe in putting our client’s experience of the legal system and our service as a priority. This means we are open and transparent with you about the process, and the cost, of our service and the family law.

We are able to provide advice in English, French and some Malay, and we have in-house translators for Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking clients.

Our Family and relationship Services


Parenting Disputes

Amicable Resolution
(Consent Orders)

Property Separation


International Relocation


Intervention Orders

Family Violence

Why Choose
Nevett Ford 


Speak to your lawyer when you need to.

Initial fixed cost consultations, so you know where you stand before committing to a course of action.


Personal, tailored service that accommodates your needs and what value you will get from our service, instead of one-size-fits-all approach.

Decades of experience and a wide range of service areas means we can draw on knowledge from across our firm to inform your decisions.

Who You’ll Work With

Richard Hamilton
Erin Trantino
Stacey Raphael

Topics We’ve Written About

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Complex Family Law

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    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 144 697 790

    Level 16, South Tower, Rialto Building, 525 Collins Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3000