Richard Calley Family Lawyers

Level 19, 500 Collins St Melbourne CBD VIC 3000



} 9:00am - 5:30pm week days - Saturday, Sunday Closed

Unrivalled expertise and professional service are the cornerstones of Richard Calley Family Lawyers.

When our practice was established in 1980, we were the first in Australia to specialize solely in Family Law. By working exclusively in this complex area, we have had the unique opportunity to acquire the most comprehensive working knowledge of Family Law as it constantly evolves.

The depth of our research and experience ensures your rights are protected at all times. A meticulous approach and absolute attention to detail guarantees your confidence in Richard Calley Family Lawyers from beginning to end.

Our areas of expertise.

Richard Calley Family Lawyers have Collins Street and Mornington Peninsula offices servicing a diverse range of clients from metropolitan Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula as well as numerous country, interstate and international clientele.

We have 5 accredited specialist family lawyers dealing exclusively in family and de facto law matters making us the leading provider of specialist family law services in Melbourne.

Some of the specific matters we regularly handle include:

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Children’s matters including residency and contact
  • Property settlement
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Child support
  • Injunctions and restraining orders
  • Cohabitation and prenuptial agreements
  • International child abduction
  • Relocation interstate and international
  • Collaborative law settlements

Our reputation speaks for itself.

Clients are generally referred to Richard Calley Family Lawyers from a wide range of professionals such as commercial lawyers, accountants and health practitioners but more often than not from satisfied clients. They all know family law demands highly skilled specialization, and our reputation for uncompromised excellence is at the forefront of our industry.

As experts in Collaborative Law, we are able to pursue practical and cost effective solutions for our clients without going to court. However, if litigation proves necessary we are renowned for our thorough research and preparation in order to achieve the best possible results. We also have significant relationships with other professionals, such as forensic accountants, counselors, mediators, financial planners and tax experts (if needed).

At Richard Calley Family Lawyers we have earned our envied status from an unparalleled level of experience and an acute understanding of the needs of our clients and their families. Our results continue to enhance our peerless reputation.

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In a recent case (as reported by AAP/SBS), a Coroner cries over 83yo’s ‘tragic’ death, an elderly mother had been left to ‘deteriorate’ under the apparent care of one of her 3 daughters.  Once it was discovered that her 83yo mother had in fact passed away, her daughter shut the door and carried on like her mother was still alive.

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The Deputy State Coroner described the case as “extraordinarily sad” highlighting the failures of Noreen’s daughters to support each other.

dementia carer what do i doIn the Kellyville home, a significant amount of empty wine bottles were also found suggesting the increasing dependance of alcohol from Melissa.

At the time of Noreen’d death, she would not have weighed more than 37 kilograms.

“There was no one in the outside world … keeping watch over Mrs Peacock or the care she was being given,” The Coroner, Ms Freund said.

Whilst the primary care resided on just one of the daughters, the other family members should have discussed a plan, or make inquiries as to how Melissa was coping.  “Melissa was left to flounder and the consequence was extreme,” said Ms Freund.

In this case, a charge was made for operating an account without authority (fraud), as well as failing to report a death.  No conviction was recorded as she was dealt with under the Mental Health Act.

If you find yourself being the primary carer for a dementia patient it is essential to keep in contact with the community – family members, neighbours, health care facilities, counselling.


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