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Shikha Luddu

special counsel, private clients | family law

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about Shikha

melbourne office +61 3 8615 9978
legal secretary: sharon smithurst +61 3 9794 2660

about Shikha

Shikha is an extremely passionate Family Law lawyer who approaches each matter with care and consideration. Drawing on her experience as a mother to two young girls, she empathises with all her clients, going the extra mile to help them navigate their new family situations, providing clear advice in what can be an emotional area of law.

“I want to offer my clients the tools and direction to continue on with their lives. Knowing I can be a part of someone moving on and bettering their life, that’s the most rewarding thing about my job.”

Experienced in all aspects of Family Law, Shikha assists clients with custody arrangements, financial agreements and alternative forms of dispute resolution. She leverages her extensive professional network of barristers, psychologists, valuers, accountants and psychiatrists to provide a holistic approach that addresses her client’s problems.

In 2022, Shikha became a Nationally Accredited Mediator, and in 2023 she became a Parenting Coordinator. As a Parenting Coordinator, she encourages parents involved in Family Law matters to engage in child-centred dispute resolution, aiding them in organising their ongoing parenting arrangements.

Fluent in Punjabi and understanding Hindi, Shikha utilises her background and skills to provide the best outcomes for her clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Law
  • Alternate dispute resolution and mediation
  • Parenting coordination
  • Complex financial matters and property disputes
  • Child support
  • Financial agreements (pre-nuptial and post-separation)
  • Formalising agreements
  • Investigation of financial documents for hidden assets
  • Litigation
  • Parenting and custody arrangements

recent experience 

  • Complex property matter

    A client who had separated from her husband needed assistance when she discovered her husband had moved matrimonial funds overseas and was withholding financial disclosure. Acting quickly, Shikha was able to obtain injunctions restricting the husband’s movements. Engaging in a forensic exercise, Shikha investigated the full extent of the property pool, which exceeded what the client had originally been led to believe. The matter involved a tough litigation process that ultimately led to a favourable outcome for the client.

  • Complex parenting issue

    A client came to Shikha after her children’s father sought to internationally relocate the children overseas without the client’s consent. The case involved extended proceedings, expert reports and litigation relating to the proposed relocation. Shikha appeared for the client and was able to argue that it was in the children’s best interests for them to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. She successfully prevented the children from being relocated overseas.

  • Complex financial agreement

    Shikha was able to negotiate a prenuptial-style financial agreement for a client who had substantial assets, which were obtained well before entering into a relationship with his partner. The agreement saw that the client would retain his assets, which included property, companies and trusts involving a child from a previous relationship, whilst also providing a monetary settlement to his new partner in the unlikely event of a separation. The agreement was achieved amicably, with both parties happy with the outcome.

  • Consent agreement

    A client who had separated from her husband approached Shikha for assistance. They had a child under 10 years old and had various assets, both in Australia and overseas. The client was clear that whilst she and her husband had separated, she wanted to achieve an amicable outcome, both in terms of parenting and property. Shikha advised the client to engage an independent family law counsellor to assist her and her husband in their co-parenting efforts, ensuring they could navigate the separation with the best interest of the child in mind. Through the counselling, both parties were able to gain the necessary tools to facilitate an ongoing, healthy co-parenting relationship, which led to a negotiated parenting agreement. Their agreement also included a negotiated property settlement that allowed the parties to delay the sale of property until the child had completed schooling, and divided assets both in Australia and overseas in a way that was tax effective and mutually beneficial for both parties.