When children are involved, family law matters can become emotionally sensitive. Our family lawyers are renowned for providing legal advice that’s empathetic, easy to understand, and informed by the leading social science research concerning children.

We have expertise in all child-related family matters, including Australian and international parenting arrangements, surrogacy and fertility law, and gender dysphoria. We also work with a network of reputable mediators, psychologists, therapeutic counsellors, family report writers and other paediatric experts to assist clients in the resolution of their parenting dispute.

We represent current and intended parents as well as grandparents and guardians, surrogates and donors.

Our online systems allow you to get started anywhere, any time. By clicking the "online enquiry" button below, we can give you tailored family law information that's free, instant, personalised and helpful. We’ll put you in touch with a lawyer best suited to your needs. Alternatively, please contact our Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane offices to speak to a family law specialist.

Parenting Arrangements

The care and welfare of children after separation is understandably an important consideration for parents. We help negotiate and draft enforceable agreements that formalise living arrangements and parenting responsibilities. When parents can't agree, we provide expert advice and representation in preparation for, and during, mediation and court proceedings.


The law requires that separating couples try to agree on parenting arrangements before taking court action. We provide support and, if necessary, representation during the mediation process and are able to carefully document any agreed arrangements.

If an agreement isn't reached at mediation we can:

  • help you seek a negotiated agreement with your former partner
  • file an application with the court seeking formal orders
  • help you respond to a court application issued by your former partner

Surrogacy arrangements

Surrogacy laws vary between Australia's states and territories, and it is essential that both surrogates and intended parents are aware of their legal rights, and the potential legal risks, before entering into surrogacy arrangements. We provide specialist advice and representation regarding:

  • surrogacy arrangements (both gestational and traditional) including independent legal advice under the legislation (when required)
  • surrogacy and donor agreements
  • parentage order applications

Fertility law

Fertility laws in Australia also vary between the states and territories and can raise complex legal issues for donors, surrogates and intended parents. We provide specialist advice regarding all areas of fertility law including:

  • parentage
  • surrogacy
  • egg, sperm and embryo donation
  • assisted reproductive treatment
  • surrogacy and donor agreements
  • applications for court orders regarding parentage and parenting arrangements

Relocation and unlawful removal of children

When a child is unlawfully taken overseas it becomes an issue of international law – and this adds complexity. Our team is one of the few in Australia with the experience and global connections to best guide you through that situation.

It's important to take urgent action if you're concerned that your child or children are at risk of being removed, or have been removed, from their home country without your consent. We recommend getting in touch as soon as you can.

We provide advice to:

  • parents seeking to relocate with their child or children
  • parents wishing to oppose the relocation of their child or children
  • parents whose children haven’t been returned or have been unlawfully removed from their country of residence

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Gender dysphoria

Our firm has acted in some of the most significant gender dysphoria cases to date. This includes our work with the Human Rights Law Centre in the landmark case of Re Kelvin.

We're proud to be at the forefront of this emerging area of law and would welcome the opportunity to lend our expertise in what are almost always sensitive and highly complex matters.

Award-winning practice

Lander & Rogers' Family and Relationship Law practice and lawyers are ranked among the top law firms and lawyers in Australia in Doyle's Guide 2024. Learn more.

The Family Law Journey

From first steps to resolution

Access an easy-to-follow guide presenting the family law journey, from initial contact with your Lander & Rogers family lawyer to the resolution of your matter.

Frequently asked questions

Commonly-asked questions about the legal aspects of family and relationship law in Australia.