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Our Family Law team is able to assist you with all family law matters, including parenting, property division and divorce. The breakdown of a marriage or a de facto relationship and the family unit can be difficult and distressing and these matters require a high level of delicacy and expert guidance. Our experienced family lawyers have assisted countless clients over the years seeking advice and representation in family law matters.

We understand that family law matters are highly sensitive and may be complex, however, we will assist you in whichever way we can and streamline the process to ensure your family law needs are dealt with as quickly as possible minimising the stress and cost of separation.

Enlisting the help of a family lawyer for the first time can seem daunting to those family law clients that are unsure about the process, their rights, and the decisions that will benefit them the most. Our specialist family lawyers will offer practical advice and guide you seamlessly through the process.

Our Approach to Family Law

Separation can be difficult and therefore, we aim to approach each case with understanding and compassion. Yet, at the same time, we are committed to resolving matters amicably, promptly and to the satisfaction of our clients.

At Maguire & McInerney, we aim to resolve matters out of court in order to resolve your case as quickly as possible and to minimise the cost. But, if this is simply not possible, we offer you strong representation at court.

We specialise in all family law matters including divorce, property agreements, de facto relationships, parenting ‘custody’ disputes, domestic violence and all other family law issues.

We undertake each family law case with care, taking the time to understand your circumstances and the needs of you and your family. We then work to devise the best possible strategy that will achieve the right outcome for you. We will clearly explain how the law applies to your situation and recommend a sound course of action. Then we will follow it through with you, providing clear advice and explaining your options — every step of the way. This allows you to make the best possible decisions for your future and the future of your family.


Divorce in Australia has decreased over the last decade but, according to the ABS, one in three marriages across the nation are still expected to end in divorce. Sadly, separation and divorce can be highly stressful for those involved, particularly when there are children involved. Our aim is to minimise the stress and conflict that is sometimes involved in family law matters.

We guide you through the entire divorce process from parenting agreements to financial settlements and divorce. During this process, we focus on reducing conflict and resolving disputes through mediation, if possible. This strategy can save you time, money, and prolonged emotional distress.

To get the best outcome possible, protect your children’s best interests, and secure your financial future, it is important to have an experienced family lawyer on your team with a wealth of experience with divorce, parenting and financial settlements.

Our highly skilled family lawyers provide not only strong legal representation but a compassionate attitude to you and your matter. We are dedicated family lawyers backed by many years of experience.

Property Settlement

When it comes to property and financial settlements, or spousal maintenance following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, it is not uncommon for well meaning family and friends to provide their ‘advice’.

It is critical that you have the correct information and understand your rights according to the law as early as possible so that you can make decisions that will benefit your circumstances. Financial and property settlements can vary drastically depending on the type and length of your relationship, the assets involved, your family situation and your personal circumstances.

As accomplished family lawyers, Maguire & McInerney Lawyers can provide advice on your rights and prepare you with accurate, tailored information unique to your circumstances. We aim to resolve your dispute as quickly and amicably as possible, minimising any trauma or excess cost.

Whether your matter involves a small property pool where every dollar is important to each party or large complex trust matters, our family lawyers are able to assist you. We will provide you with realistic advice, pragmatic information, and approach your situation with empathy at all times.

Parenting & “Custody” Arrangements

Separation and divorce can be devastating for the couple involved, but, for most parents, the most concerning aspect of the process is the potential impact on the children involved. The welfare and safety of your children should be of the utmost priority when you separate. Consideration needs to be given to the parenting arrangements. Although the term custody is no longer used, some people refer to parenting arrangements as “custody”. The parenting arrangements mean who the children will live with and when the children will spend time with each of their parents. It also covers who will be responsible for both long term and the day-to-day decisions regarding the children.

Parenting disputes can be incredibly upsetting and it is essential that you find a family lawyer that you are able to work with and achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of your child or children. Our family lawyers have extensive experience dealing with parenting “custody” disputes including those involving domestic violence situations.

Whether you are in a marriage or de facto relationship, our family lawyers can provide comprehensive legal advice to achieve an outcome that is in your child or children’s best interests.. We will also provide you with different options and give you realistic advice about what to expect when it comes to navigating the legal process so that you are able to make informed decisions.

Our family law team serves Wollongong and the greater Illawarra region and includes some of the best family lawyers in Australia. Maguire & McInerney has a positive approach to Family Law. We consider the impact of legal proceedings on a client and how the desired outcome can best be achieved with minimum conflict. Our approach is to take you out of the conflict rather than increase it.

Approachable and honest, we are proud of our reputation for offering balanced advice and achieving positive outcomes. Our family law team is known for their understanding and commitment to their clients as well as their strong litigation skills. If you need advice on a family law issue or you’d like to learn more about our services, get in touch with one of our family law specialists, Natasha Hewlett or David Mewett.

To start the process, contact us today.

Steps To Get Started

Reach Out

Whether it’s phone, email, or dropping by our Wollongong office, book a date to sit down with one of our team.

Make a Plan

Understanding where you are coming from, and what you are looking to achieve means that our lawyers can craft the best course of action.

Take Action

Whether it’s litigation or mediation, our team of experts have decades of experience in and outside of the courtroom and are committed to reaching the best possible outcome.


Yes, in NSW there are two types of AVOs – an ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and an APVO (Apprehended Personal Violence Order).

Yes, a generous gift from a parent or an inheritance received during the relationship by one partner can substantially impact the division of assets during a separation.

In NSW, an AVO can be applied for directly through the court system, or via the police.

Divorce can be requested through a joint application or a sole application. Divorce is the dissolution of the marriage. A divorce application does not relate to the division of assets or care arrangements for children.

A number of factors are considered when deciding the live with/spend time with arrangements for children after separation. The Court will consider what is in the child’s best interests by consideration the factors set out in section 60CC of the Family Law Act 1975.

There are a number of things to consider, including whether the gift of funds or inheritance was received early in the relationship or late in the relationship, how the funds or inheritance were applied and the length of the relationship.

Yes. In determining if funds were a gift or a loan, it is necessary to look at whether a loan agreement exists, whether any repayments have been made or whether there is any other evidence such as emails or text messages that confirm that the funds are a gift or loan.

A contribution by a parent of one spouse of a marriage or de facto relationship is taken to be the contribution of the spouse whose parent gifted the funds, unless there is evidence to establish otherwise.

Family law deals with domestic relationships between married and defacto couples and family matters including divorce, parenting ‘custody’ arrangements, financial matters, property separation and spousal maintenance.

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), or Restraining Order, is a court order issued to protect a person, whether that be from physical, sexual or other kinds of abuse.

Our Family Law Team

Natasha Hewlett


David Mewett Lawyer Wollongong

David Mewett

Senior Associate

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