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Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith, Family & Divorce Lawyer

I felt well understood and had confidence in her honesty and competence, which is important to me.

Jackie Smith

Jackie is a skilled family and divorce lawyer who brings a diverse range of experience and knowledge to her family law practice. She is known to give her clients direct and honest advice while maintaining a firm and unambiguous position with other parties and the Courts.

To enable her to plan a case and to negotiate strategically, Jackie takes the time to learn about her clients, about the relationship history, and about her clients’ former partners. She picks up on details others miss.

Jackie is dedicated to her clients. Sometimes she works into the night reviewing evidence and preparing court submissions. Sometimes she drops everything to help a client in an urgent situation.

Jackie first started practising law in her regional hometown of Warrnambool (Victoria), before then moving to Canada to assist partners at a top tier law firm.

When she returned to Australia in 2020, we were lucky enough to persuade her to join our team. We are fortunate; Jackie is a quality lawyer who shares our down-to-earth approach to practice.

Jackie’s approach to law is based on a combination of her practice experiences – the compassionate, approachable nature of a country town lawyer with the top tier mindset of working efficiently towards a practical and cost-effective outcome.

She graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Law/Criminology and also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Applied Law (Family Law).

Practice areas

Our family law team is regularly in court proceedings as well as negotiating out of court settlements, including:

  • Binding financial agreements
  • Consent orders for the division of property and parenting arrangements
  • Parenting agreements
  • Joint Divorce Applications
  • Interspousal property transfers following separation
  • Matters involving clients or children from the LGBTQI+ community
  • Family violence intervention orders
  • Adult child maintenance claims
  • Divorce proceedings where one party is overseas or there is a disputed separation date
  • Property disputes
  • Parenting disputes