Some relationships end up happily ever after; but let’s face it, some don’t.

Family Law

Sharrock Pitman Legal provides assistance in all possible issues in family law, both with married couples and those living in domestic relationships. Separation, divorce, property disputes, child support, spousal maintenance, parenting arrangements and intervention order applications are all handled expertly by us.

We engage in vigorous and passionate advice and representation of you in the challenging context of your family law dispute. If Court proceedings become necessary, our family lawyers are all experienced and skillful advocates. As such, we will represent you in Court most effectively and cost efficiently. If at all possible, we aim to resolve your matters as expeditiously as possible without having a Judge make decisions about your family and property for you.

We will certainly not recommend Court proceedings unless absolutely necessary. We want you to control the outcome. We believe that the best way to resolve family law issues is by alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation and negotiation. Such alternatives may well save you time, money and stress.

Family Lawyers & Accredited Family Law Specialists

We understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be one of the most stressful and difficult times of your life, so it is extremely important to have the right people supporting you through it. Our team of Family Lawyers comprises Katharine Layne, an Accredited Specialist, and Simon Matters, who will care for you if you are caught up in a family crisis.

Fixed Fees

We know that every dollar counts, so we will agree with you up front on a fixed price for your legal work. In this way, you will not be charged for how long it takes us to do your work. Instead, you are charged for our expertise, knowledge and skills and for the benefit or outcome you will receive. You will have certainty stage by stage about what you will need to pay. Accordingly, you will not get any surprises when we send you an invoice.

Contact Katharine Layne, our Accredited Family Law Specialist, for a fixed fee initial consultation.


Based in Glen Waverley in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, our offices are easy to access, with free parking directly across the street. Click here for a map.

In the meantime, here’s some useful information to find your way through the family law maze:

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Words of appreciation from our Family Law clients

“How nice, helpful and professional you all are. Thank you all for helping me to navigate through a really difficult and stressful time in my life. I truly appreciate all the help, advice and support given to me”

“I felt I could trust the lawyers. They were working for me efficiently and not just knocking up a big bill. My experience was a good balance of skills on the team. My solicitor expressed empathy and care”

“Very happy”