Perth Divorce Lawyers – here for the journey.

Leading the way. Perth Divorce Lawyers is a boutique law firm practising in all aspects of family law.

Perth’s leading divorce lawyers

Trusted legal advisors to help you navigate the legal process with clarity and integrity


Perth Divorce Lawyers has an experienced team of lawyers and staff, committed to bringing your family law and divorce matter to a satisfactory, cost-effective, and timely resolution.  

Our lawyers have been delivering legal services for our clients for over 25 years with experience in all facets of family and divorce law. As members of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia (FLPAWA), Family Law Section, Australian Institute for Family Law Arbitrators & Mediators (AIFLAM), Australian Mediation Association and Resolution Institute, you can be confident you have experience on your side. 

Divorce law services

Helping you on the journey to resolution.

Family law is a specialised area of law covering a range of matters when a relationship ends including parenting and children, division of assets and divorce.
Generally speaking, child support is payable pursuant to an administrative assessment managed by Services Australia.Parents may prefer to reach their own agreement in relation to the payment of child support either informally or by agreeing to a child support agreement.
Following the breakdown of a relationship, the future care and living arrangements for children of their relationship is one of the most important decisions parents will face.Putting in place an effective parenting arrangement can minimise conflict.
After the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, resolving how the property of the relationship is dealt with is important to both parties and their financial future, allowing them to move forward with certainty.
The process through which a separated couple work together to resolve their differences and reach their own agreement with the assistance of an impartial mediator in a safe and supportive environment.
Financial assistance can be paid by one former spouse (or de facto partner) to another if the receiving spouse has a need for maintenance and the paying spouse is reasonably able to pay.The maintenance payable depends on a range of factors.

Experienced divorce lawyers

You deserve the best

Navigating your family law matter can be challenging.

Having experienced and supportive lawyers on your side can reduce the emotional toll on you and bring about a timely resolution.

Perth Divorce Lawyers has extensive experience in all areas of family and divorce law, including complex parenting and property matters, spousal or partner maintenance, mediation, out-of-court settlements and defended Family Court proceedings 

For over 25 years our solicitors have successfully represented clients in a range of different matters. We tailor our representation to meet your needs — from separation through to divorce and beyond. 


Perth Divorce Lawyers

First consultation

Contact us to arrange a fixed fee consultation with no ongoing obligation. You decide the scope of our involvement in your matter, whether that be once off legal advice or ongoing legal representation.

We investigate. We listen.

We give your matter the attention it deserves. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the highest standard of representation – no matter how simple or complex your matter, it is our priority.

Exceptional client care

We understand that every client is unique. We take the time to get to know you and your situation. We are transparent, approachable and here to help, structuring our legal services to best suit your needs.

Your case is handled by experienced senior lawyers

You can rely on consistent legal representation. Work with the same experienced lawyer every step of the way.

We are a boutique family law firm

As a boutique law firm, we can give your matter the attention it deserves. We thrive on matters that are complex or that require a different approach.

Your outcome is our priority

Perth Divorce Lawyers is a results-driven family law firm. We are here to help. Let us navigate you towards a time and cost-effective resolution.

Our Team

We are on your side

Our boutique family law firm is experienced, enabling us to deliver high quality legal services across a range of family law matters to clients from all walks of life. We pride ourselves on our approachability and attention to detail, guiding you to resolution when you need it most. 

Our mission is to help our clients navigate the legal system with understanding and professionalism so they can get their life back on track. 


No but we do offer a fixed fee initial appointment. The initial consultation is about an hour.  If our clients prefer, we are happy to have a 15 minute general discussion of their matter before they commit to making an appointment.  This can be done by telephone or online.

During the initial consultation we get to know each other and discuss the history of your relationship, what you are concerned about and what you hope to achieve.  We will ask you a range of questions and based on what you tell us we will give you as much advice as we can based on our preliminary discussions.  What we talk about will depend on whether you want to resolve parenting matters, property matters or other family law issues.

Yes, you certainly can.  We offer prospective clients a 15 minute general assessment of their family law matter.  This done by either telephone or online.

No.  Solicitors rarely act for both parties to a transaction.  This is because it creates a conflict of interest and would prevent us from being able to act in your best interests and uphold our obligations to you.  We do not act for both spouses in the same matter.

In Australia, the sole ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is usually established by a 12-month separation period, indicating that there’s no likelihood of reconciliation. 

The courts won’t really dig into the reasons for the breakdown, so things like infidelity or disagreements don’t formally play into the decision. Remember, this is just about ending the marriage legally, separate from property settlement or child custody issues, which are handled separately.

First off, after separation, there’s a mandatory 12-month waiting period before you can file for divorce. This is to ensure that the relationship has broken down irretrievably.

Once you lodge your application, it can take a few months to process. If everything is in order, including arrangements for any children, a hearing date is set, which is usually about 2 months after filing. If the court approves the divorce, the order becomes final one month and one day later.

You’re looking at a bit over a year from separation to the finalisation of the divorce, provided there are no hitches along the way. It’s always a good move to chat with a lawyer to navigate the process smoothly.

An uncontested divorce is where both parties agree on all terms, making the process quicker and less costly. In contrast, a contested divorce involves disagreements on divorce terms, leading to court interventions, making it more time-consuming and expensive. 

A collaborative divorce is a method where both parties work together, along with their lawyers, to negotiate and settle the terms of the divorce amicably without going to court.

After a divorce is finalised, specific terms can potentially be modified, particularly those pertaining to spousal maintenance and child support or custody arrangements. These can be reviewed if there’s a significant change in circumstances, like a substantial shift in income or a change in the needs of the children.

If one party refuses to sign the divorce papers or cooperate, you can still proceed with the divorce. You’d need to provide evidence that your spouse was served with the divorce papers and that you’ve been separated for at least 12 months. If you meet these criteria, the court can grant the divorce without the other party’s agreement.


Satisfied clients


Ballajura, WA
Annelie Van Zyl provided me with excellent legal service. Going through a divorce including property settlement, I didn’t know what to expect. Aside from her obvious skill and remarkable success rate, Mrs. Van Zyl is genuinely committed to her clients. …


Perth, WA
Thank you for reviewing and editing the Minute – I am very pleased with these changes. Annelie, thank you. You’re amazing at what you do. …


Midland, WA
Thank you very much for your help in this matter. Hopefully there will be no need for it but if I ever need to deal with Family Court matters I will be sure to give you a call. …


Hocking, WA
I approached Perth Divorce Lawyers as I was referred by a good friend and colleague and needed specialised assistance with my Family Court matter. Perth Divorce Lawyers helped me though the complex process of my matters. As there were a number of issues there was a lot of preparation before the hear…


Perth, WA
I approached Perth Divorce Lawyers because I required assistance with my Family Court proceedings mainly requiring legal assistance with parenting and financial matters including the preparation of my will and divorce matters.Perth Divorce Lawyers helped me by providing sound legal advice, complet…


Aveley, WA
Under difficult and emotional circumstances I received expert guidance throughout the legal process. Yes, it is expensive that I can’t deny though in retrospect my final settlement and fees were better than forecast. The decision to choose Annelie and pursue a fair share of assets was without doubt …


Malaga, WA
Thank you for all your advice and help. You are the best! …


Clarkson, WA
Thank you for all your hard work. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to navigate family court or settle our finances. You have been amazing.  …


Ellenbrook, WA
Thank you for everything I appreciate everything done by you. I will recommend your company when I hear of any family matters. …


Marangaroo, WA
Thank you for all your help and support really appreciate it. …


Bassendean, WA
You’ve been wonderful through the process. Thanks so much. …


Morley, WA
The quality and promptness of your advice and service has been excellent throughout this experience. Hence you will have noticed I have recommended your services to several acquaintances. …


Perth, WA
Again, thank you so much for your generosity, empathy and strength to fight alongside myself.  From very early on I remained determined to never give up and let [XXX] decide how I would live out my life financially.  I could not have done this without you. I chose very wisely. …


Kalgoorlie, WA
Thank you guys for everything will recommend you to everyone who needs a lawyer. …