Welcome to Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers


Helen Irga

Professional Qualifications:


  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Business (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Advanced Diploma of Asia-Pacific Marketing (Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE)
  • Member, Law Society of NSW
  • Admitted Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia
  • NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist, Family Law




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.

Helen has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2008. Prior to joining Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers, Helen worked for Doolan Wagner and Callaghan Family Lawyers for a number of years and also for a mid-sized law firm in the Sydney CBD in the areas of Family Law, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Law. Helen assisted clients of these firms in complex Family Law and Personal Injury matters in the Family and Federal Magistrates Courts (and later the Federal Circuit Court) and also the Local, District and Supreme Courts of New South Wales.

Helen possesses a broad background of experience and can provide clients with sound advice in various matters including but not limited to:-

  • Property settlements including real property, companies, trusts and superannuation;
  • Parenting matters including who children should live, communicate and spend time with, disputes regarding travel, relocation and paternity issues, Hague Convention applications, domestic violence, substance abuse by parents and mental health issues of parents and/or children;
  • Divorce applications;
  • Child Support matters.

Where family law clients may have already reached an agreement prior to meeting with Helen or where Helen has negotiated an agreement on their behalf, she is higly experienced in drafting documents to formalise the agreement that has been reached including Application for Consent Orders and Consent Orders to be filed in the Federal Circuit Court and/or Family Court and Binding Child Support Agreements to be lodged with Child Support Agency.

Helen also regularly appears before the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in respect of divorce, property, parenting and Child Support matters, in cases where court proceedings become necessary. She is across all the appropriate Rules and processes of these Courts.

Helen and her family live on the Northern Beaches.

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.

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.

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.

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.