Family Law

Our family lawyers understand the stresses you face, understand the Law and can apply it to your situation so that we can give you the right advice.

Ending a relationship can be tough enough, without having to worry about all the legal complexities of children, money, and where you are going to live.

This is why it’s important that you understand the family law process and are confident that you are receiving the right advice from your family law lawyer.

Good advice helps you understand not only the family law legislative pathway but encourages you to explore your options and enables you to make the best decision for you and your family.

Family Law – What is the process

At Atkinson Vinden, the biggest, brightest and best law firm on the north shore of Sydney, our Chatswood family lawyers understand the stresses you face, understand the law and can apply it to your situation so that we can give you the right advice.

This team is led by the managing partner of the firm, Rod Berry, who has almost 20 years of litigation experience. Rod provides strategic oversight and mentoring to the team, and is always happy to talk with clients about their legal requirements and concerns.

Anita Vayanos is a highly experienced family lawyer and has been assisting clients to resolve their family law problems for over 20 years. She is always ready to listen to your concerns to then be in a position to provide realistic and cost effective options.

Maryann Melhem is an experienced family lawyer in our team. She has excellent empathy and communication skills, and is a fearless advocate for her clients in the Family Court. Maryann has particular skills in property settlement matters.

Kristyn Winner is a junior family lawyer with a strong background in dispute resolution and court work.  Her range of experience over various areas of the law enable her to assist clients with a rounded understanding of their circumstances.

Anita, Maryann and Kristyn are part of a much larger team of approximately 50 staff who make up the Atkinson Vinden legal practice. We also have experienced commercial, property, disputes, and estates lawyers, so that all of the potential complications that might arise in a family law dispute are covered. In particular, we can initiate related court proceedings if needed in Local, District, Supreme Courts or NCAT, we can assist with property transactions, arrange for updated wills to be prepared that reflect the new family reality, and also help to unpick the complications of having some personal assets tied up with shareholding in family businesses.

Meet Our Family Law Team