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Going through a divorce can be an emotionally and financially draining experience – support from your legal team is essential. An unskilled divorce lawyer may end up costing you more because they may end up dragging out the process much longer than it would have taken with an experienced legal team.

If you don’t already have a lawyer you can trust, you need to find one as soon as possible. To help with this search, we’ve collated real-life feedback and put together a list of the top divorce lawyers in Canberra.

It’s worth having a quick read. Our commenters’ advice could save you time and money.

What to Look for in a Good Divorce Lawyer

Depending on the nature of your separation, the type of divorce lawyer you want may differ. That being said, there are a few key qualities we believe all good divorce lawyers must have:

  • Knowledge and experience. The best divorce lawyers have years of experience and unsurpassed knowledge. They’ve seen it all before and know exactly how to deal with difficult situations.
  • Confidence. If anyone is confident in your plight, it should be your lawyer. Your divorce lawyer should be 100% sure of their advice.
  • Sensitivity. As we mentioned above, divorces can be an emotionally challenging experience, especially if there are children involved. The best divorce lawyers balance strength and sensitivity.
  • Efficient. There’s no doubt about it – hiring a lawyer is expensive. As they often charge by the hour, hiring a divorce lawyer that works quickly and efficiently is preferred.
  • Honest. Divorce lawyers should have your back. That means being honest with you about the likelihood of certain outcomes. The good, the bad, and the ugly; they should be transparent with you every step of the way.

Canberra’s Best Divorce Lawyers According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

Baker Deane & Nutt

Baker Deane & Nutt

Family separations are incredibly challenging and distracting for all parties involved. Baker Deane & Nutt recognise this and compassionately guide their clients through these periods every step of the way.

Operating for over 150 years, BD&N’s divorce lawyers ensure close lines of communication with clients who are undergoing these unfortunate events. Mitigation of financial risks and reduction of stress is their aim from the outset. Whether using Collaborative Law or the Family Court, Baker Deane & Nutt can provide you with expert advice, guidance, and representation in their tailor-made legal services.

If experience and expertise is what you’re seeking in a divorce lawyer, look no further than the team at Baker Deane & Nutt.

Level 1, 1 Farrel Place
Canberra City ACT 2601
DDCS Lawyers

DDCS Lawyers

DDCS Lawyers specialise in family law – including divorce – with six accredited specialists on their team. With an award-winning reputation for offering some of the best legal advice and representation in the Canberra region, DDCS has helped thousands of clients achieve their desired outcomes.

DDCS knows what matters most. The team understands the emotional and financial stress individuals are put under during divorces. They use a unique blend of confidence, skill and compassion to guide divorce clients through the ups and downs of the process.

Finally, DDCS recognises that families and couples come in many shapes and sizes, each with their own unique challenges. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to divorce. DDCS has the experience and expertise required to navigate the unexpected and to reach optimal results with minimal disruption.

18 Kendall Lane
Canberra CIty ACT 2601


With over 30 years’ experience helping Canberra’s residents overcome legal matters, KJB is an experienced, well-rounded law firm that works in Family Law.

They aim to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients and are happy to explain the complexities of the process in plain English. From the division of property to the adjustment of your will, KJB Law can help make your divorce run as smoothly as possible from start to finish.

One of our commenters, queenb, has some experience with KJB Law. Here’s what they had to say, “My sister is going through KJB law in Woden. Very straight to the point, conscience of costs, she highly recommends them.”

Farrar Gesini Dunn

Looking for a divorce lawyer with a modern approach? With offices in Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne, Farrar Gesini Dunn claim to do things differently, to approach legal issues with a humanistic attitude and contemporary understanding.

For over 20 years, Farrar Gesini Dunn have specialised in Family Law. In fact, Family Law is one of the few areas this firm works in – they only do what they are good at, what they are experts in.

The team is client-focused and open to client collaboration. Their fee structure is flexible and their services can be adjusted to suit your individual needs.

Here’s what one of our commenters, Rubbercup, had to say about Farrar Gesini Dunn: “I couldn’t be happier. Highly recommended!!”

Have you had experience with a divorce lawyer in Canberra?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra divorce lawyers.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Positive or negative, we want to hear your experience with divorce lawyers in Canberra. Did they achieve your desired outcome? Were their fees reasonable? Were they skilled and knowledgeable?

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HenryBG 11:30 pm 10 Sep 15

Yes, most lawyers are morons, and some of them can’t even do their job….the bottom line is you need Margaret Reid.

Most Family Law solicitors have chosen their specialisation because they are very bad lawyers and can only seem capable when dealing with emotional issues. Be very wary.

Southmouth 5:03 pm 10 Sep 15 Try very hard to stay out of court and don’t try getting more than 50/50 shared care of kids. Or budget 50k, and end up with the same outcome. If you try and represent yourself against a lawyer, you will lose

MarkE 3:09 pm 10 Sep 15

The average cost of a defended Family Court matter is now over $50,000 per side. My father was a Family Court Judge for 28 years. He told me 3 things of interest here:

1. The legal system if run solely for the convenience of the legal profession.
2. Any similarity between justice and the law is purely coincidence.
3. I asked him how to hire a lawyer without getting ripped off, and he told me: “I don’t know.”

My advice is represent yourself.

MERC600 2:44 pm 10 Sep 15

Sorry but

First divorce lawyer: “You’re an unmitigated liar.”
Second divorce lawyer: “You’re a lowdown cheat.”
Judge: “Now that the lawyers have identified themselves, let us proceed.”

Why should divorce lawyers be buried 100 feet deep? Because deep down, they’re really good people.

Masquara 1:09 pm 10 Sep 15

If you aren’t VERY rich, better to seek an amicable settlement. If you’re experiencing revenge angst, get counselling and settle that before you engage a lawyer. You risk an outcome where you have to pay a lawyer for a settlement that doesn’t assuage any pain or relieve any feelings that the settlement has been unjust. If you have kids and only one house between you and your partner, don’t expect to get your equity out of the house until the kids have finished uni.

rubbercup 11:17 am 10 Sep 15

capn_pugwash said :

my SIL had a good experience with Olivia Gesini. She’s known as the best in town apparently

Hi Guys,

I found this thread when i was looking for the best family lawyer in town and tried to get in touch with Olivia Gesini as a result. I contacted the law firm Farrar Gesini Dunn ( and was told she was unavailable, but i was able to see Kasey Fox and I couldn’t be happier. Highly recommended!!


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queenb 3:13 pm 29 Jun 11

Mysister is going through KJB law in Woden. Very straight to the point,conscience of costs, she highly recommends them.

    MysticMark 10:12 pm 21 Dec 18

    Hi queenb, I am thinking about using KJB law in Woden. Would like some more information.
    Could you please DM me.

troll-sniffer 10:43 am 12 Apr 11

And if you’re thinking of committing the same grevious offence again, stop and ponder Rod Stewart’s immortal lines:

“Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.”

Seriously though, many a settlement has been forged by the parties letting go of their egos and accepting their strongest tenable position. For instance supposing you had a settlement worked out except the other party wanted to keep their $40,000 4WD, whereas you wanted to sell and split. It has morphed into a struggle of egos, the other person will accept a 50:50 split but because their parents helped buy the 4WD they consider it to be outside the acceptable settlement, even though legally it can be included. In situations like this it’s better to realise if that is all that is standing between a settlement, getting the hell out of the quagmire and saving untold legal fees, it’s better to capitulate. Every single person I have ever met who has backed down and walked away when it was obvious there was nothing further to be gained has been a million dollars worth of happier from the moment they took the necessary step back.

The above is assuming you or the ex are not actually spoiling for a fight. Some gain a perverse enjoyment out of making their ex suffer, even at great personal cost to them. In those circumstances the more you back down the more you’re likely to get hammered. It’s up to you to weigh up the situation before your backdown backfires, so to speak.

cleo said :

If you can work it out between you, don’t get legal advice, my ex paid $10,000.00 over twenty years ago, it wasn’t me but him, if the other partner is bitter, you may have problems.

No, do get legal advice. Avoid going to court, and as I said above work it out as much as you can between yourselves but, definitely get legal advice.

cleo 2:04 am 12 Apr 11

If you can work it out between you, don’t get legal advice, my ex paid $10,000.00 over twenty years ago, it wasn’t me but him, if the other partner is bitter, you may have problems.

Inappropriate 2:21 pm 08 Apr 11

A friend of mine spent about 12 months and $50k for her separation all because dear hubby was determined to go to court: they settled on the steps of the courthouse.

Avoid lawyers and court if possible.

Best advice I can give you is to try and reach an in-principle settlement and jointly see a lawyer to make it all legit.

Highly recommend Geoof Mazengarb.

Sleaz274 1:42 pm 08 Apr 11

Holy sh*t, another reason never to get married.

For that sort of money I can make all your problems go…away.

I already have the hole, but, I’m out of rope. I’ll invoice you.

mossrocket 1:17 pm 08 Apr 11

and you dont want a 1-2 hour meeting with ANY lawyer – 15 minutes should be enough!

mossrocket 1:15 pm 08 Apr 11

i’m using Anderson’s in Civic. They are a bit $$$ at 500 an hour…
but my separation is not traumatic – so I’m only going to need about 1500 – 2000 worth of work.
If you are in a sh*t fight, you are going to spend a lot more, a mate of mine s up to $50K each so far and rising cos they dont agree on teh settlement… by thte time they are finished, the lawyers will have the lot

Stozza 12:26 pm 08 Apr 11

Hi Virgo.

Check out the previous topic from Dec 2009 (Any good divorce lawyer in Act? ) which has a few recomendations. Again, I will put in my plug for my former employers Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson.

As dtc and Gezabel said, costs will vary depending on how amicable your relationship is with your ex, and how many issues need the assistance of lawyers to resolve. You should however be able to get a solid idea of your legal position, entitlements and likely costs after an initial 1 – 2 hour interview with a lawyer.

Thumper 12:16 pm 08 Apr 11

There are no good divorce lawyers.

capn_pugwash 11:25 am 08 Apr 11

my SIL had a good experience with Olivia Gesini. She’s known as the best in town apparently

Athrak 10:54 am 08 Apr 11

i’d like to recommend you stay away from Legal Aid in civic; they have been dealing with my partners and her ex’s divorce, and they have been dragging their feet. First they blamed his solicitor, then they admitted they had been stalling – and you can never contact them.

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