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This has been updated for August 2017

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 4 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

The following businesses are not rated in any particular order, but have been included based on our readers feedback.

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.

Baker Deane & Nutt

Experience is so important when it comes to hiring a divorce lawyer. With over 150 years of experience providing legal services to Canberra and surrounds, Baker Deane & Nutt has no shortage.

This established firm has a compassionate yet sensible approach to issues of family law. Their goal is to reduce stress and minimise financial risk for their clients. 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.

So, if you’re looking for a divorce lawyer with experience and a professional attitude, Baker Deane & Nutt is the firm for you.

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!!”


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.”

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.

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.

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