St. Kilda’s Leading Experts in Family Law Services

At Matthies Lawyers, we offer expert legal help in family law to our clients in St. Kilda. We’re dedicated to providing clear advice and striving for the best outcomes for you and your family.

Our services include handling divorce, child custody, property settlements, and wills & estates, ensuring comprehensive support for all your family law needs.

Family & Divorce Law

Wills & Estates

Property Conveyancing

Estate Disputes

Animal Law


Why Choose Matthies Lawyers?

  • Personalised Strategies: We create specific legal approaches to meet your family’s unique needs, ensuring optimal outcomes.
  • Dedicated Support: We provide consistent support covering emotional and legal aspects from start to finish.
  • Comprehensive Services: We handle all family law matters, from mediation to complex litigation, with a full spectrum of solutions.
  • Transparent Communication: You’ll always be well-informed, as we prioritise clear and straightforward updates throughout your case.
  • Proven Track Record: Our reputation for excellence and integrity speaks through years of successful outcomes.

Get Started

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

Client Testimonials

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 Philosophy: Your Support, Our Priority

At Matthies Lawyers, we get it – dealing with family law issues is tough. That’s why we’re here to make things simpler and less stressful for you.

Our goal? To be more than just your lawyers. We want to be your supporters, guides, and allies through this challenging time.

We promise to:

  • Listen to you and make sure you’re heard.
  • Explain things clearly without all the legal jargon.
  • Stand by you with support that’s both professional and personal.
  • Fight for the best outcome for you and your family.

We believe in making the legal process as straightforward and comfortable as possible, so you can focus on moving forward.

With us, you’re not just getting legal help; you’re gaining a partner who cares about your journey.

Meet Our Team

Our team at Matthies Lawyers is here to guide you through Family Law matters, Estate Planning, and more.

We also specialise in Estate Planning and Property Conveyancing, as these services are often required when separating.

James Matthies

James Matthies

Family Law and Estate Planning

Kate Scolyer

Kate Scolyer

Family Law and Estate Planning

Explore our Legal Services

Discover our wide range of legal services designed to meet your specific needs in family law and beyond.

  • Family & Divorce Law: We handle all aspects of family and divorce cases including custody, support, and property division.
  • Estate Planning: We help you prepare wills and set up trusts to protect your assets and ensure your wishes are respected.
  • Probate and Deceased Estates: We assist executors and beneficiaries in validating wills, settling debts, and distributing assets smoothly.
  • Will Disputes: We resolve conflicts over wills and estate distributions fairly and respectfully.
  • Property Conveyancing: We manage all aspects of property transactions from documentation to negotiation, ensuring your property rights are protected.
  • Animal Law: We address legal issues related to pets and animals, including custody disputes and welfare concerns.

Get in Touch with our Family Lawyers!

Matthies Lawyers is here to assist with your family law needs in St.

Kilda. Reach out today to discuss how we can help you with respect, clarity, and expert legal representation.

About Matthies Lawyers

At Matthies Lawyers, we focus on solving family and estate issues in a way that’s best for everyone involved, trying to avoid court when possible.

Our team, led by James Matthies, focuses on crafting smart solutions tailored to your needs. We’re here to stand strong for you in court if necessary, ensuring you’re supported through these challenging times with minimal stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect during my first consultation?

During your first consultation at our firm, think of it as an initial meeting to lay the groundwork for your case.

We will discuss the details of your situation, evaluate what you need from a legal standpoint, and consider various strategies that could effectively address those needs.

This consultation is a chance for you to understand your options and for us to outline how we can help, without any obligation to proceed.

Why is it important to have a family lawyer?

A family lawyer is essential for navigating the legal complexities of issues that affect your family.

Whether you’re going through a divorce, negotiating child support, or dealing with custody issues, a lawyer will advocate for your rights and aim to achieve fair outcomes.

They ensure that all proceedings are conducted legally and can negotiate on your behalf to reach the best possible resolutions.

When should I consult a family lawyer?

It’s wise to consult with a family lawyer during any major life event that involves legal agreements or disputes within the family. This includes:

  • before getting married (for prenuptial agreements),
  • during divorce proceedings,
  • if you’re considering adoption,
  • or if there are any disputes over custody or support.

Early consultation can prevent legal oversights and help protect your interests and those of your loved ones.

How long does the family law process take?

The length of family law processes varies significantly depending on the complexity of the case and the level of agreement or conflict between the parties involved.

Some cases can be settled quickly through mediation, while others that go to court might take several months or even years.

At Matthies Lawyers, we strive to handle your case as efficiently as possible, focusing on clear communication and proactive negotiations to speed up the process.

What are the costs associated with hiring a family lawyer?

The costs for hiring a family lawyer can vary based on the complexity of your case and the type of legal assistance you require.

We are committed to transparency in our billing practices and offer flexible payment options to suit different budgets.

During our initial consultation, we will provide an estimate based on the specifics of your case so there are no surprises.

How can I prepare for my family law case?

To prepare for your family law case, start by gathering all relevant documents and information. This could include:

  • financial records,
  • previous legal agreements,
  • communications with the other party,
  • and any other documents that might be relevant to your case.

We will help you organise these documents and may provide a checklist to ensure you have everything needed for a comprehensive assessment of your case.