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Melbourne’s Leading Family Lawyers

Trusted Melbourne Family Law Expertise

Legal disputes or proceedings that involve families can be a complicated and often emotional affair. As experienced family lawyers in Melbourne, we are well-versed in various aspects of family law, including:

• Divorce
• Separation
• Family violence
• Parenting arrangements
• Prenuptial/Binding financial agreements (BFAs)
• Property settlements and
• Children’s matters.

We pride ourselves on our inclusive, compassionate approach to family law and also have extensive experience with issues related to same-sex marriages, civil partnerships and LGBTQ+ relationships.

Our Services

Separation & Divorce

Guiding you through legal separation and divorce with expertise, ensuring your rights and interests are protected.

Property and Financial

Skilful negotiation for fair and equitable property settlements and financial agreements tailored to your circumstances.

Parenting and Paternity

Navigating the complexities of parenting arrangements, custody disputes, and establishing or contesting paternity.

Spousal Maintenance and
Child Support

Providing expert advice and representation for spousal maintenance and child support obligations to ensure the financial well-being of all parties involved.

LGBT Matters

Offering supportive legal services tailored to the specific needs and challenges faced by the LGBT community.

Prenuptial, Post-nuptial, & Binding Financial Agreements (BFA)

Crafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, and BFAs to ensure clarity and security in your unique financial situation.

Family Violence

Assisting in obtaining Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIO) and offering comprehensive legal strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of those affected by domestic abuse.


If you require family law advice, a family lawyer can be an important partner in ensuring that you are well-prepared and stand the best chance of achieving an ideal outcome. Some of the advantages they can provide include:

1. An understanding of family law

Without legal representation, it can be difficult to understand the various terms, procedures and requirements of family law, which can jeopardise your chances of success if you are not careful. A trusted family practice lawyer can shed light on unfamiliar aspects, help you avoid mistakes and find the best way forward for you.

2. Objective advice

Maintaining your logic and cool can be a tall order when it comes to family disputes, especially because of the people and relationships involved. As an uninvolved third party, a family dispute lawyer is well-placed to offer objective advice on your situation. They can lay out all your potential options and provide recommendations that are most suitable for you.

3. Legal paperwork and processing services

Paperwork can be a confusing and tedious process in family law matters, yet they are vital to the success of the case. Family lawyers can help you save time, energy and stress by organising your submissions and representing you in court for various procedures if needed, ensuring your compliance for a smooth case.

4. Negotiation and settlement services

If settlements and agreements are involved in your family law issue, an experienced family lawyer can review the proposals and help you advocate for your interests to reach a balanced agreement.

5. Forensic discovery and investigation services

A good family law lawyer can help investigate any issues that could affect the outcome of the case, even if related to the other party. For instance, in one case, the husband’s business suspiciously began to underperform after separation from our client. We discovered that he had set up a shadow business with the same clients in the same space but had not disclosed it. This led to a far higher settlement for our client.

Why Choose
Nevett Ford 

Decades of Experience

Our team is backed by leading expertise and years of experience in family law, with hundreds advised upon each year.


Personalised Service

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, our family lawyers will work with you to accommodate your needs.

High Success Rate

We strive to provide a positive resolution and outcome for all parties involved.

Standard Of Care

Our family lawyers in Melbourne show genuine interest, empathy and care for our clients, resulting in strong and meaningful relationships.


Fast Response

We pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive to calls and emails.

Initial Fixed Cost Consultations

Our team is dedicated to providing transparent and affordable fees, so clients know what the process will look like ahead of time.

Nevett Ford Is A Member Of The Following:


“Firstly, I can’t begin to thank you enough Nevett ford lawyers, you have all done such a great job with my case, I personally want to thank Stacey and Richard Hamilton for all the hard work that you have done. You have changed my life and every dollar spent was well worth it.  You are very professional, responsive and compassionate. From the first day when I walked in, Richard gave me complete confidence unlike previous lawyers and with this, he was able to go above and beyond to help me and get fantastic results. Thank you Richard, and thank you to your whole team. I will definitely recommend you to everyone who needs your services.”


“The last 3 years I been liaising with Nevett Ford and I can finally say it’s all over I could have hoped for. To Richard Hamilton and the entire team at Nevett Ford I can’t thank you enough for your professionalism, hard work and dedication.”

Mlam Camou (MlCam)
Mlam Camou (MlCam)
I will recommend definitely this services to anyone who wants a clear and positive outcome for his immigration case. Professionalism and experience are also 2 very important points to consider when you decide Nevett ford to represent you. I am satisfy with their work to be honest.Thank you Nevett Ford Lawyers for your excellent work.
Lisa-Marie Hinton
Lisa-Marie Hinton
My visa application was the most challenging time of my life. It was so much pressure, lots of tears and emotions. Ryan and the wonderful Team guided our family and secured my husband and children Citizenship and my PR. I think Ryan has a beautiful heart and is very kind. He listened to me when I was at my wits-end and could only cry on the phone. I would choose Ryan again. It has been a difficult journey but he never gave up on helping my family in the fight of staying together. Forever grateful. The Hintons xxx
Vivien Karabinas
Vivien Karabinas
The expertise and service received by lawyer Sophie Stickland was efficient, caring and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her. Thank you.
Jervin Paul Dhas
Jervin Paul Dhas
Had the pleasure of working with Lili for my PR application and I had a very good experience. She was very responsive and guided me and provided updates in every step and the entire process was smooth and quick. Highly recommend their services and one of the best. Thanks again Team
Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson
During the period between 2020 - 2023 i was applying for a permanent partner visa and hired Ryan to assist me.I had spoke to 7 other immigration lawyers prior to Ryan, and the general feedback i would get back was negative (installing doubt into my mind about the likelihood of obtaining a visa in my circumstance). Ryan was the only lawyer who had a positive attitude and was optimistic about my situation and gave me a lot of free advice about what i could do even before i hired him, this was a major green flag to me so i made the decision to hire him.I couldn't of asked for a better lawyer, i would highly recommended his services to anyone. Good communication, fast responses, never hesitant to answer any queries, pleasant to speak to and most importantly a good lawyer that gets the job done.I recently obtained my PR after a 3 year process and I cannot thank Ryan (and the team) enough for their service.
Hieronim Wiatrowski
Hieronim Wiatrowski
Lili Sibic was ery professional and helpful. Highly recommended ????
Jessica Liu
Jessica Liu
Awesome and extremely professional and patient. Highly recommended!!!
Experienced, organised and friendly, Ryan is always helpful and reassuring during the entire visa application process. The entire duration has made him more than just a lawyer but a friend.
Hiro Kamisugi
Hiro Kamisugi
Nathan and Jean as team helped me for my first home purchase. Even though I knew nothing of this matter, they made my whole journey nice and comfortable. Everyone around myself tells me that purchasing home is a very stressful journey, but I was totally fine with their help. Don’t think I can ever ask anyone else for my next home in the future!

Who You’ll Work With

Richard Hamilton
Jenny Christofidis
Special Counsel
Erin Trantino
Maggie Wang
Catalano Clay
Stacey Raphael
Gurnoor Klair
Administrative Assistant

    Contact us

    *If you are overseas, please call our office on +61 3 9614 7111.

    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 80 144 697 790

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