FAMILY LAW MATTERS

MELODY VAN DER WALLEN

MELODY VAN DER WALLEN

Associate Solicitor
Collaborative Family Lawyer
 
QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor of Laws (Major Commercial and Corporate Law) from Macquarie University
• Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from The College of Law Australia
• Admitted to practise in the High Court of Australia
• Admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of NSW
MEMBERSHIPS
• Collaboratively Trained – Member of Southern Sydney Collaborative Professionals; – Member of Collaborative Professionals (NSW); and – Member of Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals
• Member of Law Society of NSW • Member of St George and Sutherland Shire Regional Law Society
• Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

I like to think my career as a lawyer began in early primary school, where a love of debating and public speaking (I practically dragged my parents to various Local and State competitions, not the other way around!) instilled a dream in me to become a lawyer.

Fast forward 15 years and I started working in my very first law firm in 2016, starting out in property, commercial and estate law and then moving into family law in 2019, where I have since practised in this field exclusively.  My background in property/commercial/estate law has allowed me to develop an understanding and aptitude for complex family law property settlement matters, involving substantial asset pools, business and family trust structures.

I am passionate about practicing as a family lawyer as it is an area of law where I feel I am truly making a difference in my clients’ lives, especially in parenting matters. I strongly believe in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and in resolving matters outside of the Court System as this allows clients to experience a more positive journey from start to finish of their matter.  Resolving cases outside of court helps minimise conflict (especially where children are involved), and allows both people leaving the relationship to stay in control of their outcomes.

I like to think of myself as a “Family Law Sherpa”

I truly thrive in negotiating and strategising, which always produces an excellent outcome for all clients. I believe my willingness to pick up the phone and “have a chat” to the person on the other side of the dispute allows me to understand any underlying issues behind one person’s position, and consequently work towards overcoming these issues.

I like to think of myself as a “Family Law Sherpa” – I am a calm, friendly and experienced guide, leading my clients through an unknown and sometimes rough terrain, to the top of the mountain where they can see a new horizon and the start of new beginnings.