About

At Marsdens, we have a strong Family Law team equipped with a high standard of skill, care and legal knowledge to effectively resolve complex parenting and property matters.

Family breakdown or separation is a highly emotional situation and we aim to provide our clients with a supportive environment by keeping them informed and involved so they can feel confident in the outcome.

Our team is led by our Accredited Family Law Specialists, Mr Tom Reeve andMrs Nevine Youssef, and backed by a dedicated team of legal experts with years of experience in advising and representing clients in Court.

Our team is also committed to the early resolution of disputes, encouraging clients to explore alternative and the more cost effective methods of settling matters which will greatly reduce the stress and uncertainty associated with litigation.

Whatever path you choose to take, our Family Law solicitors will listen to you and work with you. Part of our expertise also includes working with other recognised experts such as psychologists, psychiatrists, accountants andvaluers so we can achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Our expertise extends across all aspects of Family Law and includes:

  • Collaborative law
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • Divorce
  • Parenting Disputes
  • Property Disputes
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • Same Sex Couples and Separation

Our Family Law solicitors are sensitive to the financial and emotional costs that accompany a family separation. We will work with you from the start to identify your objectives and needs and how best to achieve them. For personalised and professional advice, contact Marsdens today.

Team

Our family law Team

Tom Reeve

Tom Reeve

Partner

Accredited Specialist - Family Law

Tom is the Partner in charge of Family Law and Immigration. Tom has many years experience as a Specialist Family Law solicitor and as such is now considered an expert in this field.  He had been involved in all stages of the process and in addition m...
Nevine Youssef

Nevine Youssef

Partner

FDRP & Accredited Specialist - Family Law

Nevine has been a member of the Marsdens team since 1996. Nevine is the Partner in charge of the Family Law team.Nevine is a Family Law Accredited Specialist specialising in family disputes over parenting post separation,  property matters including ...
Jean Alim

Jean Alim

Senior Associate

Accredited Specialist - Family Law

Jean Alim is a Senior Associate at our Camden office and  a NSW Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Jean commenced with Marsdens in 2007 and focuses predominantly in Family Law.Jean was admitted as a Solicitor by the Supreme Court of NSW in 2006, sh...
Kimberly Buttriss

Kimberly Buttriss

Senior Associate

Accredited Specialist - Family Law

Kimberly has been with us since 2007 and is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.Kimberly is also a Senior Associate solicitor running our Liverpool Family Law team. With a keen interest in social justice and family dynamics, it was a natural progr...
Anthony Gordon

Anthony Gordon

Senior Associate

Anthony Gordon is a Senior Associate with Marsdens Law Group and Vice President of the Macarthur Law Society. Anthony practices in all areas of  Criminal Law, Property and Conveyancing, Family Law, Commercial and Estate Planning. Anthony also heads o...
Brett McGrath

Brett McGrath

Senior Associate

Brett McGrath is a Senior Associate Solicitor with Marsdens Law Group and President of the Macarthur Law Society, practicing in all areas of family law, property and conveyancing, commercial and estate planning. Brett also heads our firm's new Oran P...
Arti Deo

Arti Deo

Associate

Arti is an Associate at Marsdens Law Group and works exclusively in the area of Family Law under Partner, Tom Reeve at our Sydney office. She joined the firm in 2007 and has worked predominately in our Family Law department since that time.Arti studi...
Joanna Knight

Joanna Knight

Associate

Joanna Knight is an Associate in the Marsdens Family Law team.Joanna trained with us as a clerk while completing her Juris Doctorate at the University of New South Wales, and has been practising with us since her admission in 2013. Joanna has experie...
Andrew Larque

Andrew Larque

Solicitor

Andrew is a Solicitor in our Family Law department in Campbelltown and works under Partner Nevine Youssef.Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish) from the University of Wollogong and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from ...
Emily Barker

Emily Barker

Associate

Emily is a Associate in the Sydney office and specialises in Family Law.Since being admitted in 2014, Emily has assisted clients across the spectrum of family law matters including complex financial  cases, parenting matters involving serious allegat...
Vayshali Chandra

Vayshali Chandra

Associate

Vayshali began working with Marsdens in 2011 with the Property department under Partner, Peter Crittenden. Upon gaining the useful practical skills within the property department, Vayshali then transferred into our Family Law department. Vayshali cur...
Andrew Ong

Andrew Ong

Solicitor

Andrew is a Family Law Solicitor at the Marsdens Law Group’s Liverpool office. He works with Tom Reeve, the Partner in charge of our Family Law Department. Andrew has worked exclusively in Family Law since 2015.Andrew’s qualifications are a Bachelor ...
Carlie Ikonomou

Carlie Ikonomou

Solicitor

Carlie is a Solicitor based in our Family Law team. Prior to commencing at Marsdens, Carlie completed a Graduate law program in a commercial firm in Sydney before deciding to pursue her interest in Family Law. Carlie also formerly worked as a freelan...

FAQ

What happens if I don’t know the details of my ex-partner’s financial situation and assets and he won’t tell me?

Parties are required pursuant to the law to disclose fully and frankly to the other party their financial position and must provide all their financial documentation as requested.; In the event they fail to do so Orders can be sought from the Court and there can be Cost orders made against the non-complying party.

 

What is parental responsibility?

Parental responsibility relates to which parent can make decisions about any major life developments, such as the child’s religion or which school they will attend. Until there’s a court order in place, both parents are to consult each other on these matters and reach joint decisions where possible. Court Orders will then stipulate if one parent is to have sole parental responsibility or if this is to be shared by both parties.

Will my former partner automatically get half our assets?

No, this is a common misconception of family law. In family law property matters, the division of assets is based upon the financial and non-financial contributions made by each party at the commencement of the relationship, during the relationship and after separation, as well as the future needs of both parties. There is no automatic apportionment of assets.

Does my matter have to go to Court?

No, commencing Court proceedings is always the last resort. An agreement known as Consent Orders can be entered into out of court if the parties have already informally agreed on the parenting or property arrangements going forward. Also before going to Court, negotiations can occur between solicitors or at a mediation. Taking your matter to court can often be a significant cause of stress, so we attempt to avoid this wherever possible and appropriate.

Can my partner and I just agree as to how to split our assets without the Court?

Yes definitely. If you both have reached an agreement then we can create what is known as a Consent Order. This involves you providing us with your expectations as to how you want the split to occur and who gets what. We can then tailor an Order precisely in line with what you want to happen which sets out exactly how the assets are to be divided. The documents are then registered with the Court to formalise the agreement.

How will my superannuation be allocated?

There are several options available to deal with the division of superannuation. It can be treated as part of the asset pool and split between the parties after separation in accordance with the division of the entire property pool. Superannuation can also be dealt with separately if you and your former partner have reached an agreement about how you wish to divide the amount available.

Do I have to attend mediation?

Parties to a Family Law matter are obliged to attend a family dispute resolution conference prior to going to Court. If an agreement cannot be reached at mediation, the matter will proceed to Court however it is always preferable to settle outside of Court to reduce the emotional and financial burden on parties. 

Do I need to update my will?

Yes, it is very important that this is done as soon as possible. Should you unfortunately pass away before your will is updated, your former partner would likely be entitled to whatever portion of your estate you had initially left them. We are always more than happy to refer you to our Estate Planning department to assist you with updating your will.

 

My partner has been unfaithful. Can I take legal action? Will the Court take this into consideration in my family law matter?

No, infidelity is not a factor in family law parenting or property proceedings, nor can any other legal action be taken on that ground alone. Parenting matters are concerned with what arrangement will be in the best interests of the child. Property matters and the subsequent division of assets is based on the contributions and future needs of the parties.