Family Law

Family Law Lawyers Servicing Merrylands, Parramatta & Western Sydney

Family break-up and separation can be a very difficult time for everyone concerned. At Maclarens Lawyers, Partner Liza Nguyen has extensive experience in family law. She has worked exclusively in family law for most of her career.

Whether you choose to follow the traditional court-based divorce process, mediation or the new collaborative family law approach that avoids going to court, Liza is able to provide expert advice and representation to help you achieve the best results possible.

If you are experiencing a family breakdown and need preliminary advice regarding your financial affairs, contact us now for a without obligation appointment to discuss your personal situation. If, after reviewing your case in detail with our lawyer, and we decide there is nothing we can do for you, your appointment is free of charge.

Areas of family law work undertaken at Maclarens Lawyers include:


Separation and Divorce

  • Divorce applications
  • Contested divorces
  • Nullities
  • Applications to dispense with service where the other party cannot be located

Property Settlements and Related Issues

  • Negotiating and implementing property settlements following separation
  • Advising on tax implications and restructuring opportunities in property settlements
  • Superannuation splitting
  • Estate planning issues arising from property settlements
  • Preparing and presenting property settlement proceedings in Court
  • Alternate dispute resolution of property settlements including informal negotiation, mediation and collaboration
  • Interim applications to protect assets
  • Proceedings for interim and final spousal maintenance

Children’s Issues and Parenting Arrangements

  • Disputes over where children will live
  • Disputes over the time children will spend with each parent
  • Disputes over general parenting issues
  • Appearing for grandparents and other interested family members and parties in children’s proceedings
  • Appearing for children in Family Court proceedings concerning their parents and other interested parties
  • Relocation disputes
  • Paternity disputes

Child Support

  • Advice regarding relevant legislation including the assessment process, the enforcement process and determining private Child Support Agreements (i.e. not through the Child Support Agency)

De-facto Relationships

  • Negotiating and implementing settlements and representing parties in Court in connection with de-facto property settlements (Property (Relationships) Act proceedings).

Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution

  • Mediation of all family related disputes.
  • Family Dispute Resolution of all parenting disputes concerning children.


For further information or if you need to talk with a Family Law Lawyer, contact:

Liza Nguyen, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist
Phone: 02 9897 4644

Alex Bourne, Solicitor
Phone: 02 9897 4644