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Family Lawyers

Guidance in Family Law

East Coast Law is a company of experienced family law practitioners with offices across NSW in Newcastle, Maitland, Toukley, Edgeworth, and Port Macquarie. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly and approachable family law firm to our clients, providing expert guidance and legal advice with empathy and understanding.

Divorce and Separation

Most people are aware they must be separated for a minimum period of twelve months before they may file an application for divorce. Many people do not realise that an application for divorce is simply just that. Issues regarding property and parenting are separate to an application for divorce.
Mediation has many benefits. The process puts the control of dispute resolution in your hands rather than leaving it up to a Judge to decide. Mediation is usually significantly cheaper and quicker than going to Court.

Binding Financial Agreements

The words Binding Financial Agreement (“BFA”) refer to a variety of different Financial Agreements referred to in the Family Law Act, 1975. A BFA is an agreement between married, soon to be married, defactos of the opposite or same sex.

Parenting Arrangements

Parenting issues can cause distress and heartache to parents and their children. It is important to recognise and respond to parenting problems as soon as possible. Mediation is now compulsory in parenting matters. Although mediation is not compulsory in property disputes, it should be considered before Court action is commenced.

Property Settlement

Relationship breakdowns are hard enough, without the added complexity of property division and settlement in Court.  Settlement negotiations may take place during a round table conference, however some matters only respond to litigation. Our experienced family lawyers will advise you if it becomes necessary to stop settlement discussions and commence Court action.

Consent Orders

The breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship needn’t be a stressful, expensive, and drawn-out scenario. Where the separating parties can come to an agreement, a consent order will make these terms legally binding – once approved by the family court.

Legal advice you can count on for divorce and family law matters

If you are seeking legal advice and guidance to help you navigate a relationship breakdown or divorce, our family lawyers are here to help. Our experienced solicitors will listen and give you thoughtful and caring legal advice based on you as an individual and what’s best for your family.

We aim to resolve all family law matters outside of Court wherever possible – to minimise the expense and stress involved for you. Whenever necessary, our highly experienced legal team will represent you in Family Court to reach the best possible outcome for your situation.

Our team of family law solicitors have extensive experience in advising on the best course of action and legal representation after a relationship breakdown. We understand the extremely personal nature of the process and how difficult it can be. At East Coast Law, we strive to provide a smooth and convenient process to the proceedings.
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Our team of conveyancers and solicitors

Paul Bollen
Solicitor and Director
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Paul is the Director of East Coast Law and was admitted to practice as a Lawyer in 1981 and is a member of the Law Society NSW. Paul specialises in property development, Retirement Villages Business, Commercial Law, and Estate Planning, demonstrating a wealth of expertise in these areas over his 40+ years of practice.

“I was drawn to Law by its fascinating complexity and ever-evolving challenges. Beyond the office, you’ll often find me immersed in joyful moments with my extended family, cherishing every opportunity to create lasting memories together.” ~ Paul

Vicki Andrews
Senior Solicitor
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Vicki holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Laws from Sydney University, and is a member of the New South Wales Law Society. With over three decades of continuous practice since January 1986, Vicki specialises in Family Law, Wills and Estates, and Family Provision Claims, showcasing a wealth of expertise in these areas.

“I chose to enter the legal profession because I believe in its power to provide crucial support during difficult times, helping people navigate through challenging legal issues and move forward with their lives. Outside of work, you’ll often find me tending to my garden, diving into the pages of an Australian crime thriller, and unwinding with a glass or two of red wine.” ~ Vicki

Kerry Dowling
Conveyancer
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Kerry is a Licensed Conveyancer at East Coast Law. With over 12 years of experience, Kerry’s passion lies in simplifying the conveyancing process for clients. Outside of work, Kerry dreams of retiring or pursuing Event Management, while her bucket list includes travelling to Hawaii, Fiji, or both! 

“As I approach retirement, the reasons for choosing this profession may have faded, but my dedication remains steadfast. My aim is to ensure the conveyancing journey is smooth and stress-free for every client.”  ~ Kerry

Olivia Koltsis
Solicitor
Melena Murphy
Legal Assistant
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Melena holds the esteemed title of Justice of the Peace. With a specialised focus on Conveyancing, Melena’s expertise lies in navigating the intricacies of property transactions. Melena’s dedication to our team ensures smooth and successful outcomes for clients in the complex realm of conveyancing.

“I chose this profession because I thrive in fast-paced work environments. Outside I work you can find me at the beach or hanging with my fur baby and beautiful grand babies” ~ Melena

Anabelle Castro
Legal Assistant
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Anabelle is a seasoned Legal Assistant, she brings a great skill set honed through years of experience. Renowned for her attention to detail, organisational skills, and clear communication, she excels under pressure, meeting tight deadlines effortlessly. With expertise in critical thinking and multitasking, Anabelle is an invaluable asset to our team.

“I chose this profession because I want to be able to showcase my skills and be in an environment where I can fully apply my skills into practice. Outside of work you can find me spending time with my family, friends and my cats, enjoying good food and drinks. I also love singing!” ~ Anabelle

April Spriggs
Practice Manager
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April has qualifications including Cert IV in Accounting and Cert IV in Business Administration, and is currently studying towards a Cert IV in Human Resource Management and a Diploma of Business. With expertise in Accounts & Administration, April’s career journey began post-High School, initially as an Accounts assistant, eventually evolving into a Practice Manager. Outside work, April enjoys dancing, horseback riding, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her cats, while also indulging in her passion for singing. 

“Choosing this profession straight after high school, I seized an opportunity at a local business and have since evolved from an Accounts assistant to a proficient Practice Manager through experience and training.”  ~ April

Jo Abdelnour
Administration Assistant
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Jo holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. With a keen focus on Office Administration, Jo supports our law firm, and has experience with government agencies, and medical practices. Her expertise lies in ensuring smooth operations and efficient workflows. With a commitment to professionalism and attention to detail, Jo adeptly handles the administrative needs of our office and clients.

“I chose this profession for its supportive nature and the opportunity to interact with diverse individuals. Outside work, I cherish moments with my family, engage in volunteering, and indulge in hobbies like fishing, reading, and travelling.” ~ Jo

Michelle Rae
Administration
Hayley Pearson
Reception

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