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Norman Waterhouse
Melanie's experience and expertise lies in her background in complex settlements involving family trusts and other corporate structures having been drawn from her grounding in general practice in her early years as a lawyer.

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Melanie has over a decade of experience in all aspects Family Law including complex parenting and property settlements. She prides herself on giving honest and holistic advice to her clients that focuses not only on the legal outcomes but also her client’s needs as individuals.

She gains satisfaction from assisting clients to find a clear pathway forward during what can be emotionally challenging times and working towards solutions that meets her clients’ objectives while maintaining integrity and a respectful approach.

Melanie is known for her direct but empathetic approach and enjoys achieving creative solutions for her clients’ often complex needs and circumstances. She is collaboratively trained and brings the skills enshrined in this approach to both amicable and litigated matters to keep matters resolution focused.


  • Advice about separation
  • Matrimonial property settlement
  • De facto property settlement
  • Children's matters
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support agreements and disputes
  • Divorce
  • International relocations
  • Collaborative Family Law Practice


  • Vice President (female) of the Law Society of South Australia (2022)
  • Member of Council of Law Society of South Australia
  • Acting co-chair of Family Law Commitment of Law Society of South Australia
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Member of Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia

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