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Leading Family Lawyers in North Sydney

Facing a family law challenge? Get the support you deserve.

Our family lawyers provide free consultations and personalised guidance to help you achieve a positive outcome.

Streamlined Solutions for Family Law & Estate Planning

At Capelin Law, we understand that navigating legal matters can be stressful.

That’s why we offer a different approach – one focused on efficiency, clarity, and keeping families out of court whenever possible.

Here’s what sets us apart:

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Experiencing family law issues?

We provide comprehensive legal services for divorce, separation, child custody, property division, and more.

Our compassionate lawyers prioritise your well-being and advocate for your rights, guiding you through the legal process efficiently and fairly.

Plan for your future and protect your loved ones with our Estate Planning & Probate services.

We help you create Wills, Powers of Attorney, Testamentary Trusts, and navigate the probate process.

Our lawyers ensure your wishes are met and your assets are distributed efficiently.

Supporting You Through Every Step

Our Approach to Family Law

Facing family law issues can be daunting. We understand, and that’s why we offer a supportive approach, focusing on your needs and minimising conflict.

Here’s how we achieve this:

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Facing family law issues can be stressful and complex. At Capelin Law, our experienced family lawyers combine personal attention with cutting-edge technology to deliver efficient and effective solutions.

We understand the importance of resolving these matters swiftly and minimise the burden on you. Get to know our team and build trust with experienced lawyers who prioritise your needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve answered some common questions to get you started. Can’t find what you need? Contact us for a free consultation!

No, court is not always necessary for resolving family law matters. At Capelin Law, we prioritise alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods like mediation and collaboration whenever possible.

These methods can be faster, less expensive, and less stressful than going to court. 

Our experienced lawyers can guide you through the best approach for your specific situation.

Family law matters can be emotionally charged and legally complex. Having an experienced family lawyer on your side can bring several advantages:
  • Protection of Your Rights and Interests: A lawyer ensures you understand your legal rights and obligations throughout the process, advocating for your best interests in areas like property division, child custody, and spousal support.
  • Guidance Through Complexities:Family law involves intricate legal procedures and calculations. A lawyer helps you navigate these complexities, ensuring you meet all legal requirements and deadlines.
  • Emotional Support During a Difficult Time:Separation and divorce can be emotionally draining. Your lawyer provides a steady and objective presence, guiding you through the legal process while minimising stress and anxiety.
  • Stronger Negotiating Position:Lawyers are skilled negotiators who can advocate for your best interests during settlement discussions or mediation sessions.
  • Representation in Court (If Necessary):If court involvement becomes unavoidable, your lawyer will represent you effectively, protecting your rights and arguing your case persuasively.
By leveraging their legal expertise and experience, a family lawyer can significantly improve your chances of achieving a favourable outcome in your family law matter.

The length of the family law process can vary greatly depending on the complexity of your situation and the chosen approach.

Uncontested matters resolved through ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) can be completed relatively quickly, while contested matters requiring court involvement may take longer. 

Our lawyers can provide a more specific timeframe based on your individual circumstances.

We offer a free Discovery Call to discuss your family law matter and answer any questions you may have. This allows you to explore your options, understand the process, and determine if Capelin Law is the right fit for you.

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(There’s no obligation to proceed further after the consultation.)

During your first consultation, one of our experienced family lawyers will take the time to understand your situation and concerns.

We will discuss the legal issues involved, potential solutions, and answer any questions you may have. (Feel free to bring any relevant documents, such as marriage certificates, financial statements, or custody agreements.)

Following the consultation, we will provide you with a clear roadmap and next steps.

Getting started with Capelin Law is easy. You can schedule a Discovery by: We look forward to assisting you with your family law needs.

Family Law

Our lawyers guide you through the legal process,  addressing property division, spousal support, and child custody arrangements efficiently and fairly.

We help navigate finances, child custody agreements, and future considerations to protect your rights during separation.

Our lawyers advocate for your children’s best interests, crafting a clear parenting plan for custody, visitation, and decision-making.

We ensure a transparent and just property settlement reflecting your unique circumstances and contributions through expert asset valuation and negotiation.

Our lawyers guide you through spousal maintenance claims or defenses to achieve a  reasonable and sustainable outcome.

  We help create a comprehensive parenting plan outlining child custody, visitation schedules, and decision-making responsibilities for smooth co-parenting.

Our lawyers guide you through the legal process to establish guardianship rights for a child when necessary.

Create a legally binding agreement outlining financial arrangements in case of separation, protecting yourself and your partner.

We provide legal representation and support if you are experiencing domestic violence.

Our lawyers have the expertise to navigate property division, child custody, and adoption matters specific to same-sex relationships.

We clarify your rights and entitlements regarding property division and child support arrangements if you are in a de facto relationship.

Our lawyers guide you and your partner through a collaborative process to reach mutually agreeable separation or divorce agreements outside of court.

We facilitate a neutral and confidential conversation with your partner, assisted by a trained mediator, to reach solutions on separation or divorce issues.

Estate Planning & Probate

Create a legal document outlining how you want your assets distributed after you pass away, providing peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Our lawyers represent you if you believe a Will is invalid or unfairly distributes assets, protecting your inheritance rights.

Choose someone to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so, ensuring your affairs are managed according to your wishes.

Establish a trust within your Will to manage and distribute assets for beneficiaries, potentially minimising taxes and protecting inheritances.

Our lawyers guide you through the legal process of administering a deceased estate, ensuring assets are distributed efficiently and according to the Will.

Andrew Capelin

Principal Director

Andrew Capelin is the Principal of Capelin Law; he is a lawyer, mediator and collaborative practitioner with over 25 years of experience in legal practice and business. Capelin Law is built on the belief in making every effort to help people resolve their issues without using a court. This approach is faster, cheaper and less stressful. Therefore we believe it is just a better way of doing things.

Andrew practiced as a barrister for about 10 years which makes him very competent and confident in a courtroom! Ironically, Andrew now handles very few litigation matters these days, preferring to focus on helping families resolve their issues collaboratively.   

Consequently, Andrew finds collaborative practice to be a very fulfilling part of the work that he does and is passionate in his belief that it gives better outcomes for families.

Andrew’s other passion is playing golf.