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I’m Ella Hickman, owner and Principal of Hickman Family Lawyers (formerly Cobalt Legal), one of the leading family law firms in Perth.

I practice almost exclusively in family law in Perth and have a particular interest in parenting and children’s issues, matters arising from domestic violence in relationships, and property settlement cases where people want to take a commercial approach (based on the size of the asset pool).

I’ve also represented countless clients – both applicants and respondents – across all of these areas in the Family Court of Western Australia, and in restraining order matters in the Magistrates Court.

I’m results-oriented and will encourage my clients to explore a resolution of their matter through mediation rather than going through the Family Courts.

But if you need your day in court, I’ll be right there with you.

Sometimes, a family matter can’t be resolved by agreement. And that’s where my extensive experience in representing clients in the Family Court of Western Australia comes in handy. My team of family law lawyers and I lead our clients through the whole process, from the commencement of proceedings all the way to trial.

I’d also like you to know that our team of Perth family law lawyers represent both Legal Aid and private clients.

We don’t discriminate. Everyone is entitled to a happy and safe existence, no matter their background. We have a team of highly qualified family and divorce lawyers who are on the Legal Aid panel, and who accept Legal Aid funding for eligible clients.



Family Law in Perth has never been more personal or easier. Perth Family Lawyers is a premier Australian law firm practising exclusively in the area of family law. By practising exclusively in this area, we are able to assist our clients in all their family law needs and we are Perth’s leading family law firm.

The directors of Perth Family Lawyers are Melissa Raftis and Nicola Bowen. Both our Directors are well experienced and highly regarded in the field of family law. Perth Family Lawyers always takes a client-focused approach to all our client’s cases. We aim to always deliver effective, expedient and meaningful solutions. The Directors are supported by a team of highly competent, hand-picked staff who are also committed to excellent service in the area of family law.

Perth Family Lawyers are able to assist our clients in all areas of family law including divorce, property settlement, children’s issues, maintenance and child support. We also provide services in the area of restraining orders, which commonly arise in Family Court proceedings. We offer our clients expert advice and representation in restraining order matters as with all family law issues. We also provide advice in the area of child protection.



Have you separated, or are thinking of separating and need advice from an expert family lawyer?

Our dedicated team of family lawyers in Perth can guide you through the process with expert advice on any matter of family law including divorce, property settlement, financial agreements and parenting arrangements.

We understand this can be an uncertain and stressful time for you. We are here to support you.

We also provide advice to those who want to strengthen their current relationships. From asset protection to adoption and surrogacy, we are here to help you build a strong foundation for your family.



We care about seeing you come through your family law process in your best personal shape, so that you can build your best future.

We are dedicated to look after you from every perspective – legally, financially and personally.

We are your support, counsel and advocate.

Our strength will be your solution.

We’re only motivated by your best interests – you will feel this from our first meeting.

We’ll develop a deep understanding of your situation as the basis to provide you the best advice.

We won’t leave you guessing – our clarity will provide you comfort and direction when you need it most.

We’ll never lose sight of your bigger picture.

We’ll remember that separation is not about one party getting their own way – it’s a balancing act of conflicting wants, needs and consequences.

We’ll tell it to you straight, applying all our experience and the advice of other professionals we work with.

We’ll value your final outcome from all angles – legal, financial and personal.

And we’ll never forget that at the end of this process it will impact you and your family for the rest of your lives.



Separation issues can be extremely complex legally and emotionally, so Beacon Family Lawyers practice almost exclusively in relation to family law to ensure that all clients receive experienced advice. Click here to read the mission statement of Beacon Family Law.

If you are looking for a lawyer with a wealth of practical experience. Beacon Family Law provides expert advice based on day-to-day experience, has a high success rate and is able to provide guarantees as to the outcome if the matter did, as a last resort, have to go to court.

Whether in need of advice about child care and welfare arrangements, property settlement, spousal maintenance, restraining orders, separation, child support or any other family law matter, the team are committed to being experienced when it comes to resolving the issues that routinely arise upon or prior to separation.

We can help:

If you are looking for an experienced lawyer for financial or children’s issues.

If you are entering a de facto relationship, getting married or in the process of separating.

If you have separated, commenced negotiations, reached an amicable agreement or if there are court proceedings.

If you are considering a prenuptial agreement, binding financial agreement or child support agreement.

If you are having problems with child support or if you want to appeal.

Our lawyers are able to assist you in negotiation and mediation or if in the last resort you have to go to court. Click here to see what sets us apart from other Perth divorce lawyers.

Our mission at Beacon Family Law is to provide accountable, approachable and affordable legal representation and advice.

The firm has helped hundreds of clients successfully resolve their family law, divorce and separation issues in a timely and cost effective manner.

Nearly one hundred percent of matters are resolved by agreement without having to go to a final hearing.

Beacon Family Lawyers consider that all family law matters should be resolved in a reasonable time and cost whether by agreement or, as a last resort, by commencing court proceedings.

“In establishing the firm I wanted to create a law firm that mixed old fashioned law firm values of client loyalty and service with modern family law practices and procedures. I wanted to build relationships with clients. That is the reason we receive significant work by word of mouth.”

Sometimes complex commercial, accounting or other issues can stop parties reaching an amicable agreement, in which case, Beacon Family Law has close ties with other professionals who can provide expert advice and guidance to assist to resolve these issues.

Beacon Family Law is proud to be a small firm. The number of active files is strictly limited to maintain quality control. All files are conducted either directly or indirectly under the personal supervision of the director of the firm from beginning to end.

Every family law situation is different. Our lawyers provide advice that is proportional and appropriate to that given situation.

The firm is also able to assist with conveyancing and other legal matters such as Wills.



Thomson Family Lawyers specialises in all areas of family law and we provide services to clients on a range of family law matters, both simple and complex. At Thomson Family Lawyers, we’re committed to providing all of our clients with the same high level of service, excellence and care they deserve.

Thomson Family Lawyers was founded by its sole Director, Serina Thomson, in 2016.

Serina founded Thomson Family Lawyers after leaving another successful boutique family law firm in Perth, which she established along with two other legal practitioners in 2011. Serina has over 12 years of experience working in Family Law and is passionate about providing clients with a personalised service, offering clients empathy, compassion and understanding, striving always to achieve excellence in service for every client.



Leach Legal is Perth’s most significant and leading Family Law firm dedicated to achieving Better Outcomes for clients.

We provide certainty by helping you understand the legal process, deciding what steps to take and by supporting you every step of the way through the process. We help you avoid unnecessary expenses and protracted Court proceedings wherever possible by facilitating mediation services and methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Our lawyers work collaboratively with you to ensure your matter is resolved efficiently, thoroughly and effectively, exceeding your expectations and setting the foundation for the beginning of your new life.

Here at Leach Legal Family Lawyers Perth, we understand that relationship breakdowns are challenging for everyone involved which is why our practising Family Lawyers are fully equipped in handling delicate negotiations and emotions.

Let’s work together to achieve the settlement you desire and one that is a Better Outcome for all.



We provide a personalised solution-focused approach, and affordable upfront agreed fixed prices for your peace of mind.

We offer an alternative to legal services provided on a time billing basis. People going through separation have enough problems on their mind without having to worry about budgeting for uncertain legal fees.

We take your instructions, identify the problem, give you advice, offer solutions and options, scope the necessary work to achieve the outcome needed, and commit to an upfront fixed price. This gives you certainty about your legal costs and avoids the unwelcome ‘bill shock’ that is often associated with time-billing. However, we also offer time billing as an option if you prefer.



Baily Family Law in Perth is one of the top law firms in the country that deal with Family Law. Our professional team of legal minds focus exclusively on practising family law, which ensures that every one of our clients is given the opportunity to work with a confident, experienced and dedicated legal advisor. With years of dispute resolution and mediation expertise, we are committed to achieving a positive outcome for our clients through a proactive, reliable and professional approach.

We understand that every family law matter is different, whether that be divorce, property dispute, child custody, adoption or other. That is why each case requires a tailored approach. Our team are highly trained in mediation and dispute resolution and ensures your circumstances are fully and holistically considered. Family disputes can be an emotional and stressful experience. At Baily Family Law our team become your advocate as we walk you each step of the way towards the best possible outcome. You can rest assured that resolution starts here.



Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution. Family Dispute Resolution is mediation between family members which aims to clarify issues and assist parties to reach an agreement regarding the care arrangements for children and how to share their finances. Family Dispute Resolution provides families with an opportunity to communicate openly and encourages collaboration to achieve an outcome in the child’s best interests and can often be cheaper and faster for all involved.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is family law in Perth?

Family law in Perth refers to the legal issues that arise in relation to families and domestic relationships. This can include matters such as divorce, child custody, property division, and spousal maintenance.

The laws governing these issues are primarily found in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and the Family Court of Western Australia deals with such matters. A family law attorney in Perth can provide legal advice and representation to individuals and families in these types of cases.

How to I choose the best family lawyer in Perth?

Choosing the best family lawyer in Perth will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a family lawyer:

– Experience: Look for a lawyer who has experience handling cases similar to yours.
– Specialisation: Some lawyers may have specialised knowledge in specific areas of family law, such as property division or child custody.
– Reputation: Research the lawyer’s reputation in the legal community and read reviews from past clients.
– Communication: Make sure the lawyer is easy to communicate with and that you feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues with them.
– Cost: Get a sense of the lawyer’s fees and whether they offer alternative billing arrangements.
– Consider if the lawyer is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, They are the ones who have been recognised as having special expertise in family law.

It can also be helpful to meet with a few different lawyers before making a decision. This will give you an opportunity to ask questions and get a sense of their approach to your case.

Who is the best family lawyer in Perth?

It is not appropriate for me to make a recommendation for the “best” family lawyer in Perth as there are many qualified lawyers in the area who are capable of handling different types of family law cases.

It’s important to find a lawyer who has experience and expertise that aligns with your specific needs and who you feel comfortable working with. It’s also important to consider factors such as communication, cost, and reputation before making a decision. Researching and consulting with multiple lawyers before making a final decision is a good idea.

What question should I ask to Perth family lawyers?

When meeting with a family lawyer in Perth, it’s important to ask questions that will give you a better understanding of their qualifications and experience, as well as their approach to your case.

Here are a few questions you may want to ask:
– What is your experience handling cases similar to mine?
– How do you typically handle negotiations and/or court proceedings in a case like mine?
– Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?
– How will you keep me informed and updated throughout the process?
– Are you comfortable with the use of alternative dispute resolution methods?

Asking these questions will give you a better understanding of the lawyer’s experience, communication style, fees, and the way they will handle your case.