Advising and guiding families and individuals through life's challenges

We continue to be available to advise and assist you with your family law and estate matters. Our lawyers are available to speak to you by telephone or by a video platform, and to represent you in Court proceedings, mediation, collaborative practice and other alternative dispute resolution processes. Our office remains open to take calls and, if necessary, to meet you, while taking mandated public health precautions. Please call us to discuss how we can best meet your legal needs.

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia remain open to assist families and hear matters. There have been a number of changes in Court procedures and protocols due to the COVID-19 situation. If you currently have Court proceedings before the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the following links from their respective websites have some useful questions and answers relevant to the current COVID-19 situation and how it is affecting matters before the Courts.

Family Court of Australia | Federal Circuit Court of Australia


If family life or your relationships become challenging,
accessing the right legal and practical support is important.

When major life issues arise, the law and the legal system can feel daunting and are one of the last things you want to worry about.

That’s why it is important to be pre-armed with an understanding of your rights; and where necessary the paperwork
to support your position, access to the right advice and representation if and when you need it.

Individual, families and couples from Sydney, elsewhere in Australia and around the world seek out Blanchfield Nicholls
guidance and advice to solve family and relationship challenges through positive and lasting legal solutions.

Blanchfield Nicholls can help and advise you through all major life events before, during and after they have occurred, and can be counted on to always represent your best interests so you can get back to living your life.

Blanchfield Nicholls has been recognised as a Leading Family & Divorce Law Firm in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 by the independently researched and peer nominated Doyles Guide.


Where We Can Help

Blanchfield Nicholls legal services are aligned and designed around supporting clients through different life stages:

Your Family Advisers

Cathie Blanchfield


Nigel Nicholls


Tijana Petkovic


John Baxter

Special Counsel

Marina Chin

Senior Associate | CFO

Caitlin Torr

Senior Associate

Ana Jaksic


Jessica Bunn


Information & Articles

When Estates Law & Family Law Collide

When Estates Law & Family Law Collide

The unfortunate circumstances of suicide by drowning was the subject of Decision 637143 of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. This decision provides an excellent example of the interplay between estates law and family law and details the complexities of "Binding Death Benefit Nominations".…

Estate Planning - 10 Traps & Tips

Estate Planning - 10 Traps & Tips

If you own real estate and/or assets, this means that you have an estate. It also means that you need an estate plan. Estate planning is not only integral to a comprehensive financial plan, but should also be a key part of your life plan. It enables you to define and live out your legacy with peace…

Parenting Order Preconceptions - 5 Myths Debunked

Parenting Order Preconceptions - 5 Myths Debunked

Following separation, high levels of stress, anxiety and depression are commonplace for parents. For Mothers and Fathers on the cusp of Parenting Orders, it is easy to be misled by preconceptions. Before seeking legal advice, it is important to separate the truth from the myths. This article will examine…