Cristina has a particular interest in offering out of court solutions to family law problems. She encourages our clients to think of court as a last resort, only to be pursued once all other settlement avenues have been explored and have failed to lead to a fair outcome. Her extensive experience specialising in family law gives her the skill to advise on the sensible range of options available to our clients, to help them choose the best approach for their circumstances, and to guide them to a settlement wherever possible without the involvement of the court.
Cristina holds the following formal qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Applied Law (Family Law Practice)
- Accredited Specialist in Family Law (Law Society Accredited Specialist Scheme).
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
- Diploma in Law
- Bachelor of Arts
- Collaborative Practice, (an approach to family law which aims to achieve outcomes based on the ‘interests’ of all parties, as opposed to a traditional ‘positional’ based approach – More about Collaborative Practice)
- Independent Children’s Lawyer – qualified to be appointed by the court.
Prior to establishing Alliance Legal Services, Cristina was the Canberra office partner for a national family law firm, having previously worked in their Sydney office.
Cristina maintains her links to relevant developments in dispute resolution through membership to and involvement with the following organisations:
- Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section) member
- ACT Law Society member
- ACT Law Society’s Family Law Committee (by invitation)
- NSW Law Society member
- ACT branch of Women Lawyers Association member;
- Canberra and Region Family Law Professionals Association member (former office holder)
- College of Law NSW (Board member)
- Canberra Collaborative Practice Group (specialising in non-court solutions)
- Legal Aid panel member to accept grants of Legal Aid (NSA and ACT)
- Volunteer Solicitor at Womens Legal Centre (ACT and Region)
Cristina is fluent (speaks and writes) in German.