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Our Client Relationship Manager is your first point of contact and will assist, guide and match you to the best family lawyer for your unique situation. This will help ensure your expectations are met from the start.


Call us and receive a 15 minute free consultation for a better understanding of the family law processes and how Paterson & Dowding can best assist you.



"I just wanted to say thank you to yourself (Lucy)
and Danielle for all your support over the past
seven months. Your support has been invaluable
and I’m extremely grateful for the outcome we’ve
achieved. I really appreciate everything you have
done for my boys and I. Thank you. "

"Your company is very professional and your staff
were amazing. Thank you."


"I will recommend you to my friends and family (should it
ever arise that they are in need) and I will let them know
the professional manner in which you conducted yourself
and had my child's best interests at heart."

"Thank you so much for all of your support over the
recent months. Your advice and assistance has been
invaluable. I am really happy with the outcome we have
achieved under the circumstances."




For more than 50 years, Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyers & Mediators have advised the Western Australian community on only Family Law matters.

Our team of 11 Family Lawyers specialise in – Children’s Care Arrangements (Child Custody); Child Relocation and International Relocation; Child Support; Surrogacy; Transgender Dysphoria; Divorce; De Facto; Child Abduction;

Prenuptial Agreements and Binding Financial Agreements; Property Settlements; Superannuation splitting; Spousal Maintenance and Family Violence Restraining Orders.

A Family Lawyer Can Assist You


Preparing pre-nuptial agreements and binding financial agreements
Drafting legal documents to resolve your matter
Advising and settling proposed arrangements or agreements prepared by your partner
Navigating and guiding you through what can be at times complex and challenging circumstances and various regulations


On Separation and Divorce:

Resolving a family dispute through mediation
Dividing up your assets and liabilities
Working out living and care arrangements for your children
Sorting out the financial aspects of child support or spousal maintenance
Help resolve issues with children such as schooling, medical issues, holidays
Maintenance for adult children
Preparing your divorce application, which is separate to financial or parenting arrangements


Adopting a child
Having a child via surrogacy
Protecting your child from abuse
If your partner tries to remove your children from the country without your permission (international relocations)
Children with gender identity disorder

With Relationships, Access and Extended Family Issues:

Dealing with restraining orders for a violent family member
If a family member is stalking you or preventing your access to friends and family
If you feel your property may be at risk
Grandparents wishing access to grandchildren following separation

How Does a Family Lawyer help solve my issues

A Family Lawyer can assist you:

 to negotiate with other parties involved in your personal circumstances;
in mediating your matter involving another party, in an effort to resolve any issues early and to prevent the need to resort to more costly and time consuming Family Court proceedings;
by drafting legal documents which may be required to resolve your matter; and
to navigate and provide you support as you make your way through legal processes to achieve the outcome you desire or represent you in Court.


In navigating you through what can be at times complex and challenging circumstances, a Family Lawyer will help you wade through the various regulations which apply, to ensure you achieve the best outcome for you. In Western Australia, these regulations include those governed by the Family Law Act 1975, Family Court Act 1997 (Western Australia) and Child Support Acts 1988-89, as well as the Family Law Rules 2004.

As you make your way to your desired outcome for you and your family, a Family Lawyer will meet with you to discuss your Family Law issues and provide you with a clear understanding of your available options. This can be as simple as arranging a single, initial meeting to enable you to gather information on your rights and responsibilities, through to providing you strategic legal guidance throughout the whole process until you reach a resolution of your matter.

How Can Using A Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyer Make a Difference

At Paterson & Dowding, our Family Lawyers combine their years of experience (and the practice’s established path of success) with the realities of living in a fast-paced, modern world.

We respect that resolving your issue in Court can be the most time consuming and expensive resolution option for you, in circumstances where you may very well prefer a clear, definite outcome with minimal fuss experienced along the way. We are keenly aware that there are preferable options to explore before embarking on Court proceedings, and have specifically developed a model of practice which embraces negotiation, arbitration and mediation.

We are proud of our track record. We have trained our lawyers to embrace learning and ongoing development to keep up-to-date in an ever changing landscape. Many of our lawyers have gone on to become leading members of the judiciary. At the heart of their legacy is our experience.

Our desire to get our client – you – the best outcome.