Family disputes can be difficult for all involved and is often an area fraught with emotion. Our Family Lawyers offer a pragmatic, commercial and sensitive approach to resolving family law issues, whether it involves property settlement, spousal maintenance, child support or disputes concerning children. Ogilvie Jennings has been listed as one of three top tier Family Law firms in Tasmania by Doyle’s Guide.

Our team includes qualified LEADR and AIFLAM mediators who use their dispute resolution skills to avoid the stress and expense of family law litigation. Where litigation is unavoidable, our team includes highly skilled courtroom advocates.

Our Family Law partners are regularly appointed as Independent Children’s Lawyers and Child Representatives, and appointed as Counsel by other law firms both in Tasmania and interstate.

Our Family Law team has particular experience in:

  • Difficult children’s matters, including cases relating to shared time regimes, cases involving allegations of abuse and denials of time.
  • Preparing Financial Agreements for the protection of assets in both marriage and de-facto relationships.
  • Appointment as Independent Children Lawyers in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.
  • Appointment of Child Representatives in Child Protection Proceedings.
  • Complex property settlement and maintenance arrangements involving interests in trusts, corporations, superannuation funds or businesses negotiated through mediation, or litigation.
  • All aspects of child support including child support agreements.
  • Preparing and structuring settlement outcomes and agreements that reduce the impact of taxation, stamp duty or other charges.
  • Applying for injunctions to provide protection in cases of family violence.
  • Appearing in final hearings in all Tasmanian registries and in other States of Australia.

We maintain good working relationships with experts who are often involved in family law proceedings such as accountants, valuers, counsellors, and psychologists.

Our Family Law team includes lawyers trained in Collaborative Law, and accredited mediators who are engaged to settle lengthy and often acrimonious disputes.

Key Contacts

Louise Mollross


Melissa Eddington


Ann Schrale
Senior Associate


Kirsten Starkey
Senior Associate


Ali Sawyer
Senior Associate


Sarah Dowd
Senior Associate