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Specialists in
Complex Family
Law Matters

Proven legal experience sets us apart.

Family Law matters can be difficult for the people involved. It’s our job to make it easier, by providing you with trusted advice and quality representation. As a Sydney family and divorce law firm, we believe in exploring all available options, including mediation, negotiation, collaborative law and litigation, in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.



At Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers, we are focused on providing you with trusted advice and quality representation, as well as excellent service. We want every client to leave us satisfied that the advice and representation they received has delivered the best possible outcome to live the next chapter of their life with financial confidence.



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Family law mediations are really no different to any other mediation and are most successful when you plan and are thoroughly prepared. Ensure your Lawyer has explained to you your best and worst scenario should a negotiated settlement not be achieved at your mediation. Without understanding the “goalposts” it is difficult to recognise what is possibly the best family law solution for your matter during the mediation.

Remember also that family law mediations can take all day – your lawyer will tell you about the timings and expectations. You should be as prepared as your family lawyer for the entire process. If an intake session is not scheduled ahead of time then the first part of the day is likely to be taken up with preliminary matters including the mediator ensuring that they understand what is important to you. After an agenda is set a lot of time in mediation is then devoted to identifying options and reality testing solutions before a negotiated settlement can be successful.

A huge number of our family law clients reach successful outcomes at mediation and it may just be right for you. Ask us today at Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers about how we can help you and whether a lawyer-assisted mediation is right for your family law matter. We are ready to assist.


Negotiations in family law matters are often very nuanced and emotionally charged. An experienced family law firm with many successful negotiations behind them is an invaluable resource. Negotiating in family law can be as simple as compromise and compromising again. However, ideally experienced lawyers working together can achieve “win-win” solutions for separating couples. Successful law negotiations must start with truly understanding what the real issues are. Clearing away the “noise” and getting to the heart of the matter and what matters to parties following separation places you in the best position to achieve an optimal outcome for you and your family following a separation.

Family law negotiations can take many forms including round table conferences, exchanging letters and even “coaching” from the sidelines to assist you to negotiate around the kitchen sink.

If you want a Sydney family lawyer to go in to bat for you at a round table conference or are at a stage where it is necessary to engage a family lawyer to draft a persuasive letter setting out your objectives, then that is what we do.


We specialise in the resolution of complex family law matters.


We advise you with care, to put you back in control of your life.


Proven experience sets us apart.

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If you are trying to avoid the threat of going to court after your separation and want to stay in the “driver’s seat” then Collaborative practice may just be the right avenue for you to explore to reach a successful outcome.

Collaborative practice in family law involves a series of conversations convened by a neutral coach with your family lawyer present. You commit to enter into discussions in good faith and stay out of the court system. It’s a relaxed and supportive process and one which embodies a conversation-style of resolution where there is no ‘threat’ of Court looming over your heads as you negotiate and where you are both committed to negotiating in good faith. It also enables parties to feel empowered and as though they have a voice that is listened to by their partner.

This pledge to the process is what ensures the integrity of the matter and assists in reaching effective and often very tailored solutions to couples following a separation.

We have family & divorce lawyers trained in collaborative practice available to assist you to walk through this process if you are interested; collaborative practice may be right for you. Contact us at Doolan Wagner for an obligation free consultation to discuss whether it will work in your case.


When other avenues have failed or might not be right for you, litigation in the family court will be the “next step”. A lawyer with experience in the court system is what you need at this time. As a specialist practice, family law and appearing in court is all that we do. Our reputation in the court system is important to us and will assist you in securing the most optimum and cost-effective outcome as quickly as possible. It is true that family law litigation can be expensive and emotionally fraught. Without an experienced and caring team behind you advocating your interests it can just seem too hard.

If litigation is your next step or you are currently involved in the family court system and feel that it is not working for you we may be able to help:-

  1. We have accredited family lawyers
  2. We are a small tight-knit team – you will not get lost in our system nor will you be overlooked.

Each of our clients matters to us. It matters that your experience is positive. It matters to us if you are involved in litigation that you have a strong advocate putting forward your best case. We have years of experience working with prominent counsel and well-regarded barristers and a stable of experts with who we regularly engage. We are well equipped to assist you if family law litigation is required.