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About Canberra Family Law

WE ARE YOUR FAMILY LAW SPECIALISTS

Our services are based on the principles of good service, understanding your needs and expectations, and acting on feedback and instructions. We look at customer service in every part of our business and are always looking at ways we can improve.  This service starts with a recognition that whatever the reason you need a family lawyer, this is likely to be a stressful time.  Our goal is to help you get through this period, so you can get on with a normal and happy life – to help you to get a fresh start.

Through careful planning, we work towards the best outcome for you, in light of your particular circumstances. Our approach is to work with you to find out the relevant facts and to approach your particular challenges with an agreed plan, with clearly defined steps. You are completely involved in every decision and every step. You get balanced advice so you make properly informed decisions. We give you clear cost estimates before we start and discuss costs with you at every stage, helping you to remain in control.

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Why Choose Us?

Our professional and experienced Canberra Family Law team work hard to place your interests first. Our customer service goal is to do so well that you would choose to use us again – and then send us your family and friends when they need help. We recognise you as customers who deserve quality service and support. We understand that getting you the best outcome, and helping you to manage your costs, are critical to both your satisfaction, and our success.

Learn more about Canberra family law services here.

Family Law Team - Cristina Huesch | Principal and Managing Director | Family Law in Canberra

Cristina Huesch

Principal and Managing Partner

Cristina Huesch is the firm’s Principal and Managing Partner. Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Law (Family Law Practice), is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist (Accredited Specialist Scheme) in Family Law and is accredited in Collaborative Practice.

Family Law Team - Penelope Stevens | Associate | Alliance Family Law

Penelope Stevens

Special Counsel and Accredited Family Law Specialist

Penelope Stevens joined Alliance Family Law this year with over 30 years’ experience in practice, most of it in family law.
Penelope’s advice is clear, direct and practical. She seldom has a client go to trial as she works a case to resolution.
After hours, Penelope enjoys her pug, attending theatre and all things quirky and retro.

Family Law Team - Cristina Heusch

Principal and Managing Partner

Cristina obtained her first degree from Sydney University before undertaking postgraduate study with Ludwig Maximilian University (in Munich), the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, the University of Technology Sydney, and the College of Law in Sydney. Prior to establishing Alliance Family Law, Cristina was the Canberra office Partner for Armstrong Legal.

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, once all other settlement avenues have failed to lead to a fair outcome. Her extensive experience specialising in family law gives her the skill to advise on the range of options available, to help choose the best approach in the circumstances, and to achieve settlement where possible without the involvement of the court.

Cristina is fluent in German (spoken and written).

Family Law Team - Cristina Huesch | Principal and Managing Director | Family Law in Canberra

Cristina is accredited in 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). She is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer, qualified to be appointed by the court, although not taking any such matters at this time.

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

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 (former Board member)
  • Canberra Collaborative Practice Group (specialising in non-court solutions)

Family Law Team - Penelope Stevens

Special Counsel and Accredited Family Law Specialist

Penelope Stevens joined Alliance Family Law this year with over 30 years’ experience in practice, most of it in family law.

Some key experiences that have shaped the practitioner she is today:

  1. Working at the North Australia Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Darwin and the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service in Brisbane;
  2. Becoming a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law;
  3. Obtaining a two-year contract as Registrar of the Family Court, Brisbane registry;
  4. Practising as a sole practitioner in Brisbane for seven years, before returning to Melbourne;
  5. Carrying out numerous locum assignments in Queensland and Victoria;
  6. Appointment to panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers in Queensland and Victoria, and representing numerous children’s interests over some 13 years;
  7. Mentoring numerous newcomers, most of whom she remains in contact with;
  8. Appointment to panel of Separate Representatives in Queensland, being the equivalent of the Independent Children’s Lawyer in the state child protection jurisdiction.

Penelope’s advice is clear, direct and practical. She seldom has a client go to trial as she works a case to resolution.

After hours, Penelope enjoys her pug, attending theatre and all things quirky and retro.

Family Law Team - Penelope Stevens | Associate | Alliance Family Law
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