Welcome to Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers


Christopher Lapointe

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University)
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (College of Law)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Securities Institute of Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Family Law (College of Law)
  • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Admitted Solicitor of Supreme Court of New South Wales




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.

Chris similarly understands complex parenting matters, parental responsibility and determining the best interest of children which assist his clients reach agreement on parenting plans or if necessary obtain parenting orders which are child focussed.

Chris prides himself on attention to detail and providing clear and concise legal advice. He enjoys dealing with all aspects of Family Law and works closely with his client’s in an empathetic and professional manner to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

Chris is experienced in all areas of family law, including:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Property settlements including superannuation splitting orders
  • Parenting matters including time with arrangements
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • De facto relationships
  • Court representation and alternate dispute resolution

Chris has grown up in Sydney and currently lives on the North Shore.

Family Mediation Solicitor Janine De Saxe
Janine De Saxe

Janine has been practicing as a Family Lawyer since the late 1980s, and became an Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 1993. She has extensive experience in all areas of Family Law, including property settlements, both de facto and married, parenting disputes, child support issues and spousal maintenance. Janine is skilled at resolving emotionally fraught and contentious disputes by way of negotiations and conciliation. When litigating, she facilitates cost-effective and smooth proceedings.

Family Lawyer Christine La Cava
Christine La Cava

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.

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.

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.