Welcome to Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers


Christine La Cava

Professional Qualifications:


  • Bachelor of Legal Studies (Macquarie University)
  • Accredited Specialist, Family Law (Law Society of NSW)
  • Member Law Society of NSW
  • Admitted as Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia
  • Member, Family Law Council of Australia
  • Member, Law Society of NSW



Christine is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Christine’s broad experience, understanding nature and many years of experience in Family Law ensures a sensitive, practical and efficient approach. Christine places a strong emphasis on family dispute resolution, mediation and effective negotiation with the aim of resolving matters formalised in Consent Orders, whenever possible, without the need for client’s to appear in Court. Christine cares deeply about her clients and finding the best solution for them.

Christine has extensive experience supporting clients during periods of personal crisis and anxiety, having worked exclusively in family law for many years and prior to that working for the Attorney General’s Department in Courts throughout NSW as a Registrar of the Local Court / Chamber Magistrate. She has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of family law and a sound, practical approach in resolving family law matters.

Prior to joining Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers, Christine was in practice with Doolan Wagner and Callaghan Family Lawyers on the Northern Beaches. Christine is highly skilful at resolving disputes through mediation and negotiation, however if a family law matter does need to go to Court, Christine is a highly experienced advocate and appears regularly before Registrars and Judges on a wide range of Family Law issues in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Christine is experienced in all areas of family law including:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Property settlements
  • Parenting arrangements (child custody)
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • De facto relationships
  • Court representation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Christine and her family live on the Northern Beaches.

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.

Margie O’Neill

Margie has a practical, empathic and determined approach in helping clients achieve the best possible outcome for them and their family. This includes assisting clients with property settlements, parenting arrangements, child support issues, de facto matters and relocation disputes. Wherever possible, Margie tries to resolve issues without the intervention of the Court. If required however, she is a dedicated and confident lawyer who can successfully represent her client’s best interests in the Courtroom.

Family Solicitor Helen Irga
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.

Christopher Lapointe

Chris was admitted as a solicitor in 1991 and is an experienced family lawyer with a “settlement focused” approach. Chris has extensive commercial business experience through previous self employment in the finance industry and understands complicated company and trust structures which are helpful in resolving complex financial disputes arising in Family Law matters. Being commercially minded helps Chris settle his property related matters for his clients in a timely and cost effective manner.