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Family Law Testimonials


Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448
Canberra: (02) 6288 1100

At Armstrong Legal, we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible legal service for our clients and it shows in what our clients say about our lawyers and the service they provide.

Below are a number of testimonials from our family law clients. You can read about what previous clients have said about our family lawyers. You can also click through to the lawyer's profile.


Tony Iuliano Zoe Durand

"Thank you both so much for a focused, informed, effective (and at times humorous!) effort today at mediation.. I can't tell you how relieved I am that the entire matter is resolved and to bypass the whole courtroom nightmare and to have my kids with me..

I am truly grateful. I hope we stay in touch."




Bernadette Smyth

"Thank you so much for all your organisation and support last Thursday. Your guidance has been invaluable to me. I am incredibly happy with the outcome thus far and so grateful to have you representing me."


Nora Michael

"Nora has absolutely gone above and beyond with my family law matter and I honestly could not ask for more from a lawyer. Nora has responded to my questions immediately (even when on leave) or has ensured someone is available if she is attending to other matters in Court. She has also approached my matter in such a cost sensitive way in circumstances where we are dealing with very difficult people! Nora is such an asset to your firm and I have (and will continue to) recommend family, friends and colleagues who are in need of a family lawyer to Nora!"



Bernadette Smyth

"Thank you so much for all of your help in once again protecting my family and once again representing me. I am forever grateful for everything you have done for me."


Bree Staines

"I am very grateful for your help with my matter. I send my sincerest thanks and wish you future success, good health and happiness."


Bernadette Smyth

"Dear Berni, Many thanks! As I said many times, from my heart, appreciate your work! Happy new Year!"


Kate Marr

"I write to say my big thanks to you for the final hearing. It was such a hard experience, but I want to let you know that I am very happy for what has been achieved. I trust I have plenty of time to work out the little things that I was not really sure about."



Bernadette Smyth

"Dear Bernadette, Christmas is here again! Everyday seems to just fly by. But I’m grateful for every moment, especially since my kids are virtually always close…thanks to you."


Nora Michael

"I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work, dedication, patience and determination for trying to achieve the best outcome for me. Your law firm should be proud to have you as an associate, I was proud to have you as my lawyer. You’re kind, considerate, fair and most importantly professional in your conduct, more than I can say about the professionalism of the other side. I’m now confident knowing that I’m financially set for the remainder of my new life in Cairns with my daughter and my first grandchild. Excellent work by a wonderful, intelligent beautiful woman."



Kate Marr

"Thank you so much for your hard work and every effort you made for my legal matter. Thank you for always giving me advice that helps me to keep doing sensible thing. Especially thank you for giving me advice in a very patient and in timely manner."



Kepler Ryan Naveed Khan

"We would like to say a special thanks to you for your time yesterday. Your empathy, professionalism and relaxed manner is both a credit to yourselves and Armstrong Legal. For infrequent users of legal services, you made the experience far more pleasant than anticipated.

Your advice has hopefully provided a pathway forward to a satisfactory outcome. We will have no hesitation in using or recommending your firm in the future.




Kepler Ryan

"I wish to send you a warm thank you for your assistance in securing our future here in Melbourne. Thank you for helping us choose Armstrong Legal and for all of your hard work into the first hearing. you have given my family a new life."



Zoë Durand

"Thank you very much for your time, advice and kindness. I am truly grateful and felt inspired and strong after I left you."



Kepler Ryan

"We are grateful for the support you've given us over the last few months. This is a great result from our side and really lets us exhale and relax after a pretty stressful period."



Anne-Louise Pham

"I would like to especially congratulate Anne-Louise Pham who dealt directly with me for most of the convoluted and drawn out dealings we had with my ex-wife’s sometimes aggressive & threatening representative.

Anne immediately put my mind at ease at her obvious knowledge of the law that she used to discount some of the other sides ridiculous claims and demands as soon as they made them.

She managed to obtain a better settlement for me from a tiny pot of assets, than I had anticipated, simply by educating the other side about the correct laws that applied and what could legally be claimed by either side. She gave me great confidence when she shot down the other sides legal team when she proved they weren’t nearly as knowledgeable of the law as she is. She used no trickery or threats, just a calm and fair settlement using the facts and the law.

Sure, she advised me that she could have got an even better outcome for me, but also wanting a good outcome for my ex I instructed her to settle and she was able to conclude a quicker settlement at least 30% better than I had previously been prepared to accept ... painlessly and amicably acceptable to both sides.

I would gladly recommend Anne to anyone seeking a similar settlement with their ex-partner."


Kepler Ryan

"I would like to thank you for the time and support you provided in my attempt to resolve this situation without court. I thank you for your time and professionalism and look forward to communicating with you in the future."



Bree Staines

"Bree has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She has been efficient, responsive, helpful and pleasant. She has taken care of everything and I'm so pleased that everything is now finalised and something I no longer need to think about. I could not have hoped for a better experience through something no one really wants to have to go through at all. She is a real asset to your team."


Bree Staines

"Lovely to meet you and thank you for your wonderful work. As I said I think that you did a great job on the affidavit material and I appreciate your assistance."


Kepler Ryan

"My daughter was recently represented by Kepler in the Family Court. I was involved in a support capacity and had some involvement with Kepler and I would like to highly commend his work. One expects professionalism and competence and these were certainly in evidence, but he also demonstrated an ability to communicate very well and provided good, sound and sensible advice. This was much needed.

I was also very impressed with his empathy for my daughter in what was a most difficult situation. My daughter and I are extremely thankful to him for going beyond the call of duty and would like to commend him for his work."



Bernadette Smyth

"I simply wanted to say thank you for your prompt professional finalising of my matter."


Bree Staines

"Thank you for preparing the matter so thoroughly for interim hearing, and the detailed observations you supplied."


Kate Marr

"It's been a pleasure and a rewarding experience having you as my legal team. I've always felt I was in safe hands. Thank you very much."



Zoë Durand

"Zoe and Christine - Thanks for all your help with everything. It's a big relief to finally have everything sorted and to be able to move on with my life."



Bree Staines

"I thank my instructing solicitors for instruction me in this matter. In particular I would like to thank Ms Bree Staines for her hard work in and dedication to this matter."


Zoë Durand

"As the barrister instructed, I also wanted to say that the way you managed this case was wonderful, both the first time round and again on the other’s party current application to reopen the matter.

Your approach and management of the matter was balanced and reasoned. As always your preparation went above and beyond.

Congratulations to you for the Judgement in our client’s favour."



Zoë Durand

"In 2012, feeling anxious and out of my depths, I contacted Armstrong Legal to help me with a child custody dispute.

There I was introduced to Zoe Durand, Family lawyer, who took on my matter.

From the get go, Zoe has been warm and comforting; carefully taking in the abundance of information I'd given her, while always keeping me informed of the many possible outcomes of my matter and giving constructive advice and guidance that has helped navigate me through what would have otherwise been an impossible whirlwind.

Having Zoe as my representation has given me a sense of comfort and much needed relief.

Through almost 3 years of litigation, Zoe has stayed strong and productive when faced with receiving constant correspondence, reviewing/composing lengthy documents, drafting of letters and somehow managing other clients.

During times where my matter became overwhelming, Zoe was always able to prioritise what did and didn't need attention, gently shifting focus to the points of importance, saving me time and also money in fees.

Approaching court hearings and especially in the lead up to my trial, Zoe worked incredibly hard and put her all into making sure all parts of my documents and evidence were completed and completed well.

She threw herself in the deep end and went above and beyond all my expectations.

To this day, Zoe continues to represent me to this standard and continues to do everything in her power to achieve excellent results for me; in and out of the courtroom.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have this outstanding, empathetic, and hard working solicitor representing me and would highly recommend her services.

Christine you've been amazing and I promise you haven't been forgotten!"






Natasha Heathcote

"Thank you for your help, I must admit that I expected a significantly worse outcome at the point we first spoke. You have been a very calming influence despite my somewhat emotional temperament and I thank you for that. You have knowledge and logic way beyond your years which is extremely rare."



Rhiannon Noble

"Thank you for everything you have done for our family and all of the assistance you have provided us. Your hard work and long hours is much appreciated as you have helped secure us a future here in Melbourne. No words could describe how happy we are. Thank you!"



Natasha Heathcote

"I am happy now, thank you very much for your hard work,you have put on ,and I am happy with settlement. You have been fantastic."



Kate Marr

"I would like to thank you for your support during this event, whilst I am happy to see the end I did value your professionalism and advice during the process."



Michelle McDermott Kepler Ryan

"I just want to thank you both, for your help, in my case. Not having any idea in how to go about financial separation, and with many friends and work colleagues offering their thoughts of what to do, it was good to have your solid knowledge to help me through this difficult time.

From my first meeting with you in April last year, you both were able to guide me through the next 10 months, achieving what always wanted to keep, my sons, the dog, and the family home.

I am now much happier, and looking forward to my new stage in life.

It feels strange to say, but I hope I will never see you both (professionally), again."



Zoë Durand

"Thank you so much Zoë. Meeting with you was like a godsend just appeared in front of me and told me "It's okay, you can come out now", after spending 10 years controlled and abused by my ex husband. I have had no say in my children's life and now I have the strength to fight for my freedom. Thank you so much for your help. I am really thankful. God bless you."




Michelle McDermott

"Michelle, I feel like I never got to say thank you for all your good work and support over the last two years. Apart from the legal advice, I always knew I had you behind me, so thanks. It was a horrible time for me (something I still don’t think I’m over) but your strength, humour, determination and advice were wonderful."



Zoë Durand

"Thank you for your patience. I don't know how you can deal with similar cases every day. After finding you, I just wish you had been my first (and only) solicitor, I would have had much better understanding of the calculations in the property settlement and how they should have been done from the start."




Zoë Durand

"Dear Zoe, your approach is something that I was expecting and really missing from my previous lawyers. I didn't have to chase you but you made sure to inform me about any developments. This is something that a person in a similar situation as mine needs."




Peter Magee Kate Marr

"Just over a year ago it was very hard to see an end to my court proceedings. However, the end finally came and you and your staff stood by me till the very end.

I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your enormous efforts and kindness to me and my children. Your work has meant that we are now finally free from a very horrible situation. Thanks to you and your hard work, and of course that of Kate and all the other staff who were involved, my children have stability and I'm now able to provide a happy and secure future for them.

During my seven years through the court system I have dealt with many lawyers and barristers, most of whom were nothing short of vultures, unfortunately. You and your staff were always very professional despite some extreme circumstances and above all, always conducted matters with the utmost integrity.

I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me, but please know that you have given a family that had almost no hope, the best hope for a new life and a great future for two precious kids."


Peter Magee Zoë Durand

"Zoe Durand and Peter Magee set about developing a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) that was completely tailored to my situation. At first I recommended cutting and pasting from an off the shelf BFA to save money, but quickly realised that was not going to work due to the complex nature of getting them legally right. Armstrong Legal upfront negotiated a fixed fee that was higher than other law firms but to my surprise I got a bargain, not just in billable hours, but in the quality of Zoe and Peter’s advice and scrutiny they placed in producing the BFA.

The complexity of the document and the number of changes needed to satisfy myself and my partner while keeping it a strong legally incontestable document was something that I did not forecast. However Armstrong Legal kept to their word and the initial fixed fee and their responsiveness and quality has led me back to use them for other matters.

I would highly recommend using Armstrong Legal to complete a BFA due to their strong understanding of the legislation surrounding the legality of producing a legally strong binding document that should give you piece of mind that you have done everything you can to ensure that it is not contested or set aside by a court in the future."




Zoë Durand

"I am very happy with Zoe Durand's handling of my matter. She worked hard and was very energetic in expediting all relevant correspondence and documentation.

Very conscious of not incurring undue costs, she would keep our phone conversations short and to the point.

Being very personable, it was easy to communicate with her and she showed a great amount of tact and empathy in regard to some of the more delicate features of my matter.

Zoe was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the law and consistently offered excellent advice and proffered various options as to what course to follow.

During all phases of the court process and the Conciliation Conference she proved herself to be a clever tactician and a solid ally, supplying excellent advice and being great emotional support. I would unreservedly recommend her services and indeed would avail myself to them if I were in similar circumstances again."




Kerry White

"After being bossed and bullied for over 30 years my confidence was all but non-existent plus I had no access to financial support as my husband slowly gambled away our money. Finding Ms Kerry White at Armstrong Legal was a miracle. She did a bit of hand-holding, encouraged me to stand up for myself, taught me the meaning of pro-activity and gave me back my self-respect. I cannot recommend her and her team highly enough."



Kate Marr

"Just wanted to thank you again for yesterday. I am very happy with how everything turned out. Thank you for staying to talk to my parents, I knew it had been a long day but I really appreciated that you were able to give them some answers."



Zoë Durand

"I would like to thank you for your amazing work as my solicitor through my extremely difficult, emotional and often unsettling divorce. Throughout the exhausting process, you explained fully, all the issues pertaining to my case in layman's terms and pointed out all options that were available to me. Moreover, the support you gave me went well beyond that of a retained divorce lawyer.

As you are aware, I have recommended several people to you and will continue to do so. I would just like to say how grateful I am for all that you have done for me and I feel blessed that you were the person who had to endure this case with me. Good luck for the future."




Zoë Durand

"Zoe Durand acted as a family lawyer for me in my property settlement matter with my wife. Throughout the entire proceedings I found her dealings with me cordial, constructive and surprisingly very relaxing and calming so much so that it was hard sometimes to believe that I was even going through a divorce and property settlement. She provided expert advice and considered all possible issues in my case, but always allowed me to decide what I felt most comfortable with, again pointing out the issues with whatever it was that I decided upon. I felt fully informed throughout the entire process. Over the period of time that I consulted with Zoe in fact she became more like a counsellor and trusted person to me.

The outcome of my matter (which involved an amicable settlement and Consent Orders outside of Court) was excellent and more than I had hoped for, and I felt that I had grown as a person. Whilst my wife and I were bitter towards each other prior to approaching Zoe, at the end of the process we became very good friends and now respect and understand each other better. Our little boy is also very happy and healthy as a result.

I have recommended Zoe and the firm Armstrong Legal to my brother who is a minister at his local Church. As a minister he is witness to many marriage break downs. To know that there are significantly better alternatives than Court and destructive adversarial cases is comforting.

Again, I cannot thank Zoe and her team of excellent lawyers enough. Should I require any further dealings in matters of family law, I would unreservedly approach Armstrong Legal, and most importantly, Zoe Durand, again.

I wish everyone at the firm all the best in the future."




Kate Marr

"I'd like to thank Kate for taking the time to meet with me and providing me with some valuable information. I found your firm to be very professional and accommodating and I would not hesitate recommending it to anyone or make use of your service myself if needed in the future."



Zoë Durand

"Many thanks for your professional and clear advice… Your professional response is complete and brings attention to the crucial points."




Michelle McDermott

"I could not have got the result I did without Michelle. During one call, she could hear that I was quite upset and she just said 'talk to me, what's going on?' Her real interest in what was best and her support helped me resolve my issues in mediation. I have already recommended her to my partner and am sure she will get us a good result. Thank you."



Michelle McDermott

"Thank you for your help and support. I will recommend your services to my friends and a personal thank you to Michelle."



Michelle McDermott

"I was referred to Michelle after many difficulties dealing with other family lawyers and getting nowhere. She instantly took control, listened carefully and then recommended the approach she thought would best meet my needs and budget. She was always quick to respond to my questions and concerns and the matter was resolved quickly and professionally. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Michelle to anyone."



Michelle McDermott

"You are amazing. Thank you for you and your firms kindness."




Michelle McDermott

"I cant thankyou enough for guiding us through this. I know this is part of your job, but your input is making an enormous difference to me."




Zoë Durand

"Thanks for all the hard work and effort you put in on my matter! I really appreciate the excellent job you and your team have done. "



Kate Marr

"I appreciate Kate's honesty and clear explanation with regards to the possible outcomes of my case. I was extremely satisfied with the service."



Zoë Durand

"Thank you very much for your help during this phase of my life, you and Armstrong Legal made the best of a bad situation and I thank you for your assistance in this matter."



Zoë Durand

"I hope none of my friends, family or myself ever goes through what I went through and needs to use your help, but if they do I will definitely know who to recommend."




Kate Marr

"I also wanted to thank you again for your help & above all support over the past 3-4 months. It has been such a difficult time but your calm & professional approach has definitely saved my sanity many times over. So for this I am extemely grateful."


Peter Magee

"I had worked all my life to build up the business and was just starting to see the benefits. My wife was bitter about the separation and did not want to have the business, she just didn't want me to have it. I couldn't start again. Thanks to Peter I didn't have to."




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