Melbourne’s Trusted Family Lawyers

At Matthies Lawyers, we provide comprehensive and compassionate family law services. Our dedicated team of experienced lawyers is committed to helping you navigate complex legal matters with ease and confidence.

Whether it’s divorce, property settlement, or child custody, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Family & Divorce Law

Wills & Estates

Property Conveyancing

Estate Disputes

Animal Law


Why Choose Us

  • Melbourne’s Trusted Family Law Team: Our proven record and personalised approach ensure efficient resolutions for your family.
  • Expert Guidance, Every Step: We collaborate with specialists to handle all aspects of your case with compassion and expertise.
  • Resolving Issues Amicably: We prioritise negotiation and mediation to save you time and stress, but have strong litigation skills when needed.

Get in touch with us today for a free consultation and discover how our expert family law services can assist you in resolving your legal matters efficiently and effectively.

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Contact Matthies Lawyers for a confidential discussion about how we can help you.


Based on 43 reviews
Robert Lyon
Robert Lyon
September 25, 2023
I recently needed some help with documents from offshore. Mathies fitted me in at short notice. They were courteous and knowledgeable and I highly recommend them to anyone else. R.G.(Bob) Lyon OF
Martin Ginnane
Martin Ginnane
September 3, 2023
A brilliant experience from our first appearance.
Sebastian Kowaleczko
Sebastian Kowaleczko
September 3, 2023
We engaged Matthies Lawyers to assist us with Probate, both James and Kate were really helpful and made the process seamless during a very difficult time.
Phillip Ince
Phillip Ince
July 20, 2023
We were referred to Matthies Lawyers for Estate planning as we came near to retirement. Since then we've used James & his team for another matter. His focus was always with our best interest at the forefront. Highly recommend Matthies Lawyers
Simon Norcott
Simon Norcott
June 23, 2023
If you are looking for a responsive, transparent and experienced legal group as you move through conveyancing - then I recommend a call to James and team. Legal process can be a guessing game at times, but James and team make sure you are informed at all times and get the outcome you are after. Can’t wait to connect when the next project is underway.
Seonaid Alexander
Seonaid Alexander
June 23, 2023
Very efficient and quick to respond to my queries.
Frances Kalff
Frances Kalff
May 19, 2023
Prompt professional attention and action for an urgent matter A pleasure to deal with Matthies Lawyers. I highly recommend Matthies Lawyers and will continue to consult with them as needed.
Estella Qing
Estella Qing
March 20, 2023
I had a great experience with Matthies Lawyers. From beginning to end, Chiara and James were a pleasure to communicate with and made for a smooth and streamlined process overall. I would highly recommend!

Our Approach

We place our clients at the heart of everything we do.

As family lawyers serving Melbourne’s community, we understand the personal and emotional complexities of family law.

We prioritise clear, honest communication and practical, realistic advice tailored to your unique situation.

  • Client-Centred Focus: We listen to your needs and concerns, ensuring you feel supported and informed throughout the process.
  • Clear Communication: Transparent and straightforward communication is key to our practice.
  • Personalised Advice: We provide practical legal advice specific to your circumstances.
  • Compassionate Guidance: Our team guides you through each step with empathy and understanding.
  • Diligent Efforts: We work hard to achieve the best possible results, whether through mediation or litigation.

Your peace of mind and satisfaction are our top priorities.

Our Lawyers

Our family lawyers offer compassionate, personalised support to guide you through your legal matters. Meet our skilled professionals ready to assist you.

James Matthies

James Matthies

Family Law and Estate Planning

Kate Scolyer

Kate Scolyer

Family Law and Estate Planning

Our Family Law Services

At Matthies Lawyers, we offer a comprehensive range of family law services tailored to meet your unique needs:


Expertise in handling real property, businesses, companies, and trust structures to ensure fair and equitable settlements.


Providing support and guidance through the legal processes of divorce to achieve amicable solutions.

Parenting Arrangements and Child Support

Prioritising the best interests of your children with effective custody and support agreements.

Spousal Maintenance

Assisting with financial support arrangements to ensure fairness post-separation.

Same-Sex Relationships

Addressing the unique legal challenges faced by same-sex couples in family law matters.

Binding Financial Agreements

Crafting pre-and post-nuptial agreements to protect your assets and future interests.

De Facto Relationships

Providing legal support for de facto relationship matters, including property and financial disputes.

Family Violence

Our team offers sensitive and effective legal support for those affected by family violence, helping you obtain protection orders and navigate related legal issues.

Our team is committed to delivering compassionate and practical legal solutions for all your family law needs.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

If you need a family lawyer in Prahran, contact Matthies Lawyers today to schedule a consultation.

We will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide you with the legal advice and representation you need to navigate the complex world of family law.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to my initial consultation?

For your initial consultation, bring any relevant documents such as marriage certificates, financial records, existing court orders, or agreements.

These documents will help us understand your situation better and provide accurate advice.

What are the costs associated with family law cases?

Costs vary depending on the complexity of the case. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss potential costs and flexible financing options, ensuring you understand the financial aspects before proceeding.

Can we resolve family law disputes without going to court?

Yes, many disputes can be resolved through negotiation and mediation.

These methods are often quicker, less stressful, and more cost-effective than court proceedings, and they allow both parties to reach mutually agreeable solutions.

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?

Legal separation allows couples to live apart while remaining legally married, whereas divorce legally ends the marriage.

Both processes have different legal implications and may be suitable for different situations.

What factors determine child custody arrangements?

Child custody is determined by the best interests of the child, considering factors such as the child’s relationship with each parent, the parent’s ability to care for the child, and the child’s own wishes, depending on their age and maturity.

What protections are available for victims of family violence?

Victims of family violence can obtain protection orders, which restrict the abuser’s actions and provide legal protection.

These orders can help ensure the safety of the victim and any children involved.