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Family Lawyer Services

Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers is a specialised family law firm located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Our Family Lawyers are committed to helping you solve issues which have arisen as a consequence of the breakdown of your marriage or relationship, including the arrangements for your children and the division of property.


Separation & Divorce

The unfortunate event of separation or divorce are life changing events that can consequently have significant implications on your emotional happiness and financial stability. Our divorce and family lawyers northern beaches team can provide personalised assistance for your situation.

Property & Financial

A common question we are asked is "how will property be divided between myself and my partner?". There are many factors that need to be considered before appropriate advice can be given and this is why we offer valuable initial consultations to answer good questions like this.

Child Arrangements

When parents or guardians separate important decisions need to be made for the care and welfare of children. Our family mediation northern beaches team can provide ongoing mediation and support services for parents going through such circumstances.

Spousal Maintenance

Interestingly a separated spouse, or someone whose same sex of defacto relationship has ended doesn't necessarily receive maintenance from the other partner.

Meet our Lawyers

Doolan Callaghan is one of the strongest names in family law and our team of dedicated specialists are leaders in their field. You can confidently put your trust in us to achieve the best outcome for you.

Northern Beaches Lawyer Deborah Callaghan
Deborah Callaghan

Deborah is the Principal of Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers and is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law and a longstanding Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Deborah is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer. Deborah is dedicated to helping couples reach agreement about issues that arise following the breakdown of their relationship. Her commitment and practical approach together with her extensive family law experience ensures her clients receive a unique and personal service and optimum outcomes.

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Northern Beaches Solicitor Jodie Anderson
Jodie Anderson

Jodie is a Senior Associate and NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Jodie has been assisting family law clients for more than ten years on the Northern Beaches. Jodie is committed to using alternative dispute resolution and mediation wherever possible to resolve matters quickly and efficiently without the involvement of Court. Where this is not possible, Jodie is experienced in representing clients at all stages of the court process. Jodie is passionate about family law and helping clients to find the best solution for their family.

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Helen Irga

Helen is a highly experienced family lawyer and an Accredited Specialist in Family Law who is dedicated to helping her clients resolve their family law matters. Helen is keenly aware that most people who seek Family Law advice from her are experiencing an extremely difficult period in their lives. She possesses a committed approach to securing the best possible outcome for all clients as expeditiously as possible. Helen’s strong communication and interpersonal skills also ensure that the best needs of her clients are met.

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Elise Fordham

Elise is an experienced family lawyer, who has worked exclusively in family law related matters throughout her career. Elise has extensive experience in domestic violence, and has successfully represented clients in all areas of family law in NSW and QLD, including de facto relationships, same sex relationships, spousal maintenance, property matters, international child abduction, contravention applications and children’s matters in mediation, arbitration and litigation, all the way from the Federal Circuit Court up to Appellate level. Elise’s approach is pragmatic, strategic and tailored for each client; whether they be low income or high net worth clients.

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Rebecca McLeod

Rebecca was admitted as a solicitor in 2008 and has practiced almost exclusively in Family Law since 2012. Accordingly Rebecca has extensive experience in a variety of Family Law matters, including complex and contentious property and parenting matters, divorce, child support and spousal maintenance.

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Rowena Grenenger

Rowena Grenenger is experienced in all areas of family law. Rowena’s pragmatic, professional and empathetic approach allows her to find the best possible solution so that her clients can move on with their lives. Rowena is aware of the financial and emotional toll of litigation and works hard to achieve early resolution of matters through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution without the involvement of the Court wherever possible. However, where litigation is unavoidable Rowena is a strong and persuasive advocate and her extensive litigation experience assists in achieving the best possible outcome for her clients.

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What our clients say about Doolan Callaghan

  • After 20 years of marriage, coming to that initial appointment was really difficult for me. Thank you so much for your caring and understanding approach, together with your expertise in guiding me successfully through the process. Things are so much brighter now!

  • Once you demystified the law for me and explained things in plain english – the path we needed to take became a lot clearer. Thank you for successfully mediating my matter. My wife and I are still on good speaking terms which is really important for our children.

  • The arrangements you have negotiated for the children are working really well for all of us.

  • Thanks to you I can now move on with my life. Your continued support and guidance through the negotiations was second to none.

  • I am so glad that I chose a specialist firm – your expertise really set you apart from my ex-partner's lawyers.

A little more about Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers

At Doolan Callaghan we provide specialist family law services to our valued Northern Beaches customers. Our team of experienced family lawyers are committed to assisting you resolve issues that have occurred which could be a result of marriage of relationship breakup. We also can mediate family issues involving children including child support payments and division of property. Whether you hear about: family law solicitors northern beaches, divorce and family lawyers northern beaches or family mediation northern beaches, you know that the Doolan Callaghan family law firm can assist you from learning about your situation, mediation and court proceedings if necessary.

The end of a relationship is a highly stressful and emotional time, both for you and your children. It is important at this time that you receive sound, rational and expert advice about your rights and entitlements in relation to your property, financial support and the impact your dispute might be having on the welfare of your children.

Everyone’s situation is different, what works for your friend or your neighbour may not necessarily work for you. There are various options or pathways we can guide you through to help find the best solution and achieve the optimum outcome for you.

Family law is highly specialised and you need highly specialised advice. Doolan Callaghan is the largest specialist family law firm on the Northern Beaches with a team of Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialists who have worked together for years as colleagues, previously with Doolan Wagner and Callaghan Family Lawyers. We our proud of our record of achieving settlements for thousands of clients and being leaders in family law on the Northern Beaches.

We provide advice in relation to separation and divorce, children’s issues and parenting matters, property and financial matters, child support and spousal maintenance, and domestic violence. In fact, we have expertise and experience in all areas of family law. If you are separated or contemplating separation, we are certain you will feel better after you receive advice on your personal situation. Please click on The Initial Consultation or telephone or email us so we may assist you.


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