Joanna works exclusively in the area of Family Law. She has considerable experience in matters involving parenting, matrimonial and de facto property issues, divorce and child support.

She is also experienced in drafting and negotiating binding financial agreements (pre-nuptial agreements) for parties who are in, or about to enter into, a de facto relationship or who are getting married.

Joanna runs property and parenting cases in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Joanna also has experience in the Guardianship Tribunal.

“It is a privilege to assist clients navigate the family law process at what is often a difficult and distressing time for them.”

Significant matters

Financial Services Executive –complex property proceedings which ran to a three day final hearing and in which the client achieved a significantly better result than the best offer on the table at mediation.

Various Private Clients – multiple parenting proceedings which involve issues of parental capacity, live/spend time arrangements, supervised time, parental alcohol and drug abuse as well as mental health issues and child support.

Various Private Clients – multiple property/financial proceedings which involve valuation issues as well as issues relating to corporate and trust structures, superannuation splitting and spouse maintenance.

Retired Business Executive – in relation to the successful negotiation of the settlement of matrimonial property issues outside of the Court process including arrangements for the splitting of superannuation between the parties.

Private Clients with small children – in a mediation which was successful in resolving property and child support issues outside of the Court process.

Private Clients – acted for an intact couple in family law proceedings brought by a grandparent where the proceedings were dismissed.

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Masters of Law (Family Law), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Member, Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales

Member, Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia

  • Binding financial agreements (including pre, during and post marriage/relationships)
  • Child abduction (interstate and overseas)
  • Child support
  • Children and parenting issues
  • Collaborative family law
  • Defacto financial settlements
  • Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Property settlements
  • Superannuation

related contacts

James Dimond VIC
Kate Ettershank VIC
Michael Fernon VIC
Fran Fox VIC
Jo Hastings VIC
Brendan Herbert VIC
Warren Smith NSW
Kara Thornton NSW
Justine Walter NSW