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
- International relocations
- 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
Melanie's Areas of Practice
After separation a party to a relationship is able to seek financial support from their former partner. It is separate to the payment of child support. We are able to tailor our advice to ensure that the individual needs and financial…
If your child or children have been abducted and taken overseas by your partner or former partner you should immediately obtain advice from an experienced family lawyer. Any delay in doing so could have an adverse impact on your position.
Domestic & International Relocation of Children
After a separation it is not unusual for one party to want to move a significant distance away from the other parent. If that situation arises, it is important that you obtain advice from an experienced family lawyer as soon as possible…
Child Support & Children's Living Arrangements
We understand that the emotional and financial welfare and safety of their children is of the utmost importance to our clients. We listen to our client’s concerns and provide appropriate advice to meet those concerns.
De Facto Relationships & Domestic Partnerships
We provide advice in relation to both financial matters and children’s arrangements in circumstances where there has been a breakdown of a de facto relationship or a domestic partnership.