Family & Relationship Law

Family and relationship law is a complex area which not only impacts on the social dynamics of the family consisting of parents and children, but can also have financial consequences.

At McDonald Johnson we pride ourselves in our expert knowledge of the various responses by the law in relation to the diverse range of family forms that now exist within our community. Additionally, we are mindful of the varying methods of dispute resolution which can be applied to a variety of different situations.

There has been rapid social change in Australia which has resulted in higher divorce rates, fewer marriages and a greater acceptance of same sex relationships.  This has resulted in an increasingly diverse range of family forms existing outside the traditional nuclear family model.

McDonald Johnson can provide a fully rounded service designed to meet the needs of our clients in the area of family law and relationship law, in relation to disputes concerning both the care of children and property.

Family Dispute Resolution

Sonia Anderson, Partner, is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. In most family law matters regarding children's issues, the parties are now required to participate in Family Dispute Resolution with a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).

If the dispute resolution process is unsuccessful, only a qualified FDRP is able to issue the certificate necessary to enable the parties to proceed to have a court determine their dispute. For further information, visit