Family Law Matters resolved effectively and compassionately

Adelaide Family Law are experts in all areas of family law including divorce, separation, children’s matters, property settlements, wills and defacto separations.


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We help people who are going through difficult times to resolve their family law issues. You can expect dependable legal advice, that helps you move forward with your life. Professional advice that protects yourself, your children and your assets. With over 40 years combined experience, we can help you when you’re trying to resolve any of the following matters:

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Family Law Services


When you decide that the best thing for all involved is to go your separate ways, you need clear documentation prepared correctly. Divorce can be messy, but we can clean up a lot of the loose ends.

Save time and money by using our Online Divorce Application.

Call us to find out how you can make the process as pain free and quick as possible. 

Property and Property Transfers

To achieve a fair and reasonable property settlement, it is important to obtain advice about property issues as soon as possible after separation. Adelaide Family Law are experts in this area.

Child Custody

Your children are more important than anything else. Keep your family safe by having binding parenting orders drawn up, and receive advice on child support arrangements.

Wills and Power of Attorney

At Adelaide Family Law we have lawyers that are experienced in the preparation of wills, along with other legal areas that may come into consideration when making a will such as parenting issues, separation or divorce, a new spouse or partner with children. 

Spousal Maintenance

After separation or divorce, you may be entitled to receive spousal maintenance from your former partner. Adelaide Family Law can advise you of your entitlements.

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Protect yourself and your assets from a broken relationship in the future.

Don’t lose your hard work to someone else.

Court Applications

Adelaide Family Law can assist with the preparation of family court applications, assist in proceedings and provide representation if required for your family law issue.

Same Sex Relationships

Same sex couples are entitled to the same legal rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to separation. Find out about your entitlements.


Adelaide Family Law can deal with the splitting of superannuation between separating married, defacto or same sex couples as part of the property settlement process.

“My experience of Adelaide Family Law was very positive. They helped me transition through a very difficult time of my life in a sensitive, objective and realistic way.”

Go ahead. You can rely on us.

Imagine what it would be like to have this part of your life behind you? Family matters can be extremely stressful, and your future happiness and financial position will be impacted by the decisions that you make today.

Don’t go through this alone.

Speak to a team that has your best interests in mind and will work with you until you are through this phase of your life.

We are professional, compassionate, efficient, and your happiness is our priority.


Reliable Legal Advice

You will get personal and reliable legal advice, specialising in the areas of family and de facto law.


Experienced Representation

Your matter is handled by our Family Law Experts.


People You Can Trust

You need compassion and understanding at this time. You are looked after all the way until we obtain the very best result for you.

We make your problems our problems.

“I would recommend that anyone going through a divorce in South Australia go and see Adelaide Family Law, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome in my case. My property settlement matter was difficult and complex. Lisa Gough at Adelaide Family Law is excellent at what she does, highly skilled, very thorough and I had every confidence in her expertise from beginning to end. She was also compassionate and took the time to really listen to my concerns.”

“The team at Adelaide Family Law were fantastic in helping me deal with my property settlement. I had Lisa as my solicitor and she was honest and straight to the point with her advice and provided realistic expectations. I was able to come to an agreement with my ex within a couple of months and it cost me a lot less than I expected in legal fees”.

“I would speak very highly of Michael Ormerod. Michael completed my divorce paperwork with me in a very timely and efficient way. Michael has a very friendly manner and answered my questions with detailed knowledge and realism to the situation.”

“I have dealt with Pam Murray and the broader Adelaide Family Law team, through my complex family law situation. I’ve have found them to be professional & understanding through what was a very difficult period for me. Pam’s advice and support during this period was very comforting and ultimately produced an outcome that was in the best interests of both my children & myself. I highly recommend Pam and the team at Adelaide Family Law.”

When can I apply for divorce?

Applying for a Divorce Are you at that point when you feel like you’ve given your marriage everything and there is nothing left to give? Perhaps you are considering divorce. As much as it would be nice if people could move quickly through this phase, in such an...

Going to Children’s Court – Charlie, The Chocolate Factory and the Golden Ticket to the Family Court

If you have a dispute with your former spouse/partner in relation to the care arrangements of your children, you may be thinking of initiating proceedings in Children's Court. However Court proceedings can be stressful and expensive and it is expected that taking such...

Using Social Media During a Separation

Social-media posts and text messages may only take a few seconds to type out and share, but they can have long-lasting and unforeseen implications in divorce and custody cases. When confronted with the stress associated with a major life event like a divorce,...

8 Helpful Tips for a Happy Christmas Holiday for Separated Families

It is that time of year again when things can become a little tense as summer holiday, Christmas day and New Year plans for separated families are negotiated and implemented. Christmas time is an important time for families, and should be a joyful time for children....

Do I have to pay stamp duty when completing my property settlement?

A question that often arises when transferring property is whether the party who is to retain the home or investment properties has to pay Stamp Duty. For example, Dave has recently separated from Ella and they have 2 properties that are held in joint names. The...

Am I in a De Facto relationship?

You and your partner are considered to be in a de facto partner relationship if you are not legally married to each other, are committed to sharing a life together to the exclusion of others, you live together “on a genuine domestic basis” and are not related by...

I want a divorce, but I can’t find my spouse!

If you've been separated from your spouse for over 12 months, you might decide to take the next step and file for divorce. But what happens if you've lost track of your spouse and don't know where to serve the divorce papers? Although being unable to locate your...

Pre-nuptial agreement over-ruled by High Court

If you have a pre-nuptial agreement in place and are thinking "that's the end of the story", you might be surprised to know that, in some cases, pre-nuptial agreements can be overturned. Lisa Gough shares her thoughts on a High Court judgement between Thorne v...

Is my Spouse/Partner entitled to money that I have accrued after we have separated?

One of the areas of Family Law that has been subject to a lot of academic commentary, debate and controversy in the Court is the topic of post-separation contributions. Post-separation contributions can generally be defined as financial contributions that one party...

Wills and Superannuation

A Will is an important document that arranges for the distribution of a person’s assets after their death. Without a Will there is no way of knowing or enforcing the wishes of the deceased person.  It is important to be aware that superannuation acts independently to...

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