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Debbie is an accredited family law specialist with over 21 years of experience in family law. She recently joined Clairs Keeley after a short period of time working in a variety of roles with Legal Aid Western Australia including a stint as one of the Duty Lawyers at the Family Court of Western Australia. She takes instructions in all areas of family law including children’s matters, child support, spousal maintenance, property settlement and financial agreements to name a few. She regularly advises and represents clients in Family Court proceedings. Debbie is passionate about helping clients to keep matters out of court. To this end she is a nationally accredited family law mediator and has recently completed a graduate diploma in family dispute resolution. In addition, Debbie is trained in collaborative practice and is a current member of Collaborative Professionals WA. Debbie is also regularly appointed an Independent Children’s Lawyer in family law matters having exercised such a role since 1996.

Throughout her career Debbie has sat on several sub-committees of the Family Law Practitioners Association having served as a former council member and secretary of that organisation. In her limited spare time she enjoys AFL (including being a member of the West Australian Amateur Football League Disciplinary Tribunal), reading and spending time with her family.

Areas of practice:
  • Family law
  • Marriages and de facto relationships
  • Financial Agreements
  • Representation at mediation
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practice
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Conducting Mediation
  • Accreditation sub-committee of the Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioner’s Association
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Collaborative Professionals Western Australia
  • Accredited Family Law Specialist
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practice