Let me be your voice.

Welcome to Advocate Family Lawyers in Victoria

My name is Deanna Elsner and Family Law is my passion.

With over 16 years of specialising in Family Law in Victoria, I have guided hundreds of clients to move on to a better future.

As an experienced Family Lawyer in Victoria, I understand that every situation is unique, and I will take the time to get to know you and your individual circumstances. This allows me to find a solution to give your family the best outcome possible.

As a client, you will deal with me directly and I will guide you through all stages of the process. Finding the best Family Lawyer in Victoria has never been this easy.

I believe in a mediation-first approach to remove additional stress and financial pressure. If we do need to go to Court, I will fiercely defend you and fight for what you are entitled to.

I will fiercely defend you and fight for what you are entitled to.

My Experience

Your passionate advocate in all family law matters.

  • 16 years specialising in family law
  • One of the few lawyers with experience in IVF law
  • My strengths are navigating complex cases and ensuring watertight agreements
  • Involved in all aspects of Family Law including de-facto relationships, property and children’s matters in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia as well as matters in the Children’s Court, Magistrates’ (Family Violence) Court, County and Supreme Courts of Victoria.
  • Independently managed and responsible for files involving children, child support, adult child maintenance, sole occupancy and residence and special purpose orders, same-sex matters, family violence and intervention order matters, matrimonial property, de facto property settlements, spousal maintenance and divorce matters.
  • Acted for various complex multi-million dollar financial matters and contested matters regarding the living arrangements of young children, Hague Convention Cases (international abduction of children) and relocation cases (local, interstate and overseas).
  • Prepared Binding Financial Agreements including pre-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, divorce applications, consent orders, superannuation agreements, sperm donor agreements, surrogacy agreements, superannuation splitting and flagging orders.
  • Regular appearances in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia at Melbourne and Dandenong, including divorce applications, case conferences, contested hearings, pre-trial conferences, conciliation conferences and Mediations.
  • Appeared as a barrister and instructed counsel on a range of matters in all Family Law related jurisdictions.
  • Wills and Estates and Powers of Attorney.
  • I am a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia.
  • I speak French.

Holistic Representation.

I also work closely with counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and child experts concerning parenting matters and forensic accounts and valuers in financial matters.

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