About Us

About Mahony Family Lawyers

Our Firm’s Philosophy

The Mahony Family Lawyers team is based in Parramatta. 

Our mission is to assist you in understanding all your legal options and implications, whatever your situation, and to keep you up to date with current legal news that can affect your family.

Our team is committed to resolving disputes in the smoothest and most efficient way possible, while always considering and promoting the best interests of our clients – especially, in Family Law matters, our clients’ children.

We are able and willing to offer advice and assistance to clients from all backgrounds, whether through one of our fee-paying agreements or through Legal Aid. Our services are flexible and will be tailored to your needs, whether we are providing you with initial advice, helping you to prepare court documents or representing you in mediation. We will assist you through all aspects of your case, from start to finish.

The staff at Mahony Family Lawyers are committed to providing our clients with up-to-date and accurate advice and representation, while also appreciating the personal difficulties that they and their families may face. We offer a broad base of experience, knowledge and networks, in a personalised service that is sensitive to the needs of our clients and their families.

We pride ourselves on our reputation for helping clients in complex and challenging situations, in a spirit of care.

Our Experience

The advice and representation that we offer draws on a wealth of legal knowledge and practical experience, across all parts of the legal process.

In Australian Family Law, every case begins with mediation and negotiation, and only goes to court if an agreement can’t be reached first. We can help clients at any stage of the process, for as long or as far as a case needs to go to find success.

We know that in emotional and difficult situations, it’s not always possible to reach an agreement. If a case does need to proceed to court, our team offers a skilled and confident service, and not only when they represent our own clients: often we attend court on behalf of other law firms, when they need solicitors as experienced as ours. The courts in which our team appears are:

  • the Family Court of Australia
  • the Federal Circuit Court (formerly known as the Federal Magistrates Court)
  • the Children’s Court of NSW
  • the District Court of NSW
  • the Local Court of NSW

We can represent our clients in any combination of these courts, in any region or state – wherever our clients need us to go.

As well as our practical experience, over many years our solicitors have been recognised for their expertise and invited to serve a number of government and community organisations, including Legal Aid and the Department of Family and Community Services.

This means we have unique insights into how Family Law really works, and can relate all the complex details of the law clearly to your case.

Our solicitors are also able to provide a strong network of support services for clients who need additional help. We have long-standing links with healthcare professionals, surveyors and valuers, financial advisers and community services.

Our Community

Clients now come to us for advice from all over Western Sydney.  

As well as being open to enquiries from anyone in the region, our team also actively engages with community services and organisations which work with families, providing them with advice and assistance. Over the years we have formed strong relationships with clients and staff of refuges, domestic violence clinics, youth assistance services and community-based initiatives. We are proud to help and to serve the area where we live and work.

Our solicitors have a reputation for their willingness to go above and beyond ordinary legal work. We provide assistance to members of our community through “drop-in” advice clinics, seminars for community workers and offering extra support for clients in court.

We are always open to expressions of interest from community organisations and workers, about participating in our next complimentary seminar.

Recent Success Stories

Mahony Lawyers  represented a mother who had been a victim of severe domestic violence which included physical and psychological abuse of both herself and the children.

Our team worked closely with the Department of Community Services to assist the mother and children in leaving home safely and obtaining orders from the Family Court of Australia restraining the father from contacting the mother and children.

We were approached by grandparents for assistance following events that lead to their grandchildren’s sudden removal from their usual home and school. Lara Beach assisted the grandparents to put forward evidence to the court of the parent’s significant substance abuse problem and history of instability, and to persuade the court of the grandparents’ close relationship with the children and history as primary caregivers. The court agreed that the children should return to live with their grandparents and put in place conditions on the parent’s time with the children to ensure the children’s safety.

Our firm was approached by a father who had not seen his children for many months due to a falling out with the children’s mother. Staff have assisted our client to reach an amicable agreement through Family Dispute Resolution that provided for the children to spend regular time with both their mother and father and for both parents to be involved in making important decisions about the children’s schooling and religion.

With our representation and advice, the client successfully achieved a family law property settlement in circumstances where her husband had transferred assets overseas and entered into false loan documents to seek to minimize the asset pool available for distribution in the parties’ property settlement. Shanna successfully challenged the loan documents and was able to trace the assets and obtain a financial settlement for our client that allowed her a deposit for her own home.

As part of our close connection with a member of the Specialist Domestic Violence Practitioner Legal Aid panel, we assisted our client to successfully defend herself against an application for an AVO lodged against her. We successfully persuaded the court that the evidence put forward by the other party was inconsistent and without a factual basis. All applications were dismissed and our client was able to continue with her usual employment, which would otherwise have been jeopardised had an AVO been made.

Working as a team over the past 18 months, we have assisted a grandparent with complex and lengthy family law proceedings which culminated in two separate final hearings in succession. Our team work collaboratively with Counsel to adduce evidence that persuaded the court that the grandparent was the most suitable person to care for the two primary school aged children subject of the proceedings. As a consequence, final orders were made allocating parental responsibility to our client and providing for the children to continue to live with her.

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