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Lee Formica

Partner
Family & Relationship Law
  • +61 3 9269 9505

Lee is an accredited family law specialist. She is a highly effective negotiator and litigator. Her focus is on resolving matters expeditiously and in a skilled and considered manner, bearing in mind the family nuances and dynamics of each case.

Experience

Lee has over 30 years specialist experience in family and de facto relationship law disputes. Lee's background and experience has given her a strong understanding of and ability to deal with the myriad issues pertaining to family law.

She has particular experience in complex property, trusts, estate and estate planning work as well as in all types of parenting disputes. She is also proficient in drafting financial agreements including pre-nuptial, during the marriage and after the marriage.

Lee conducts many complex parenting cases and is aware of and sensitive to the issue to family violence and its impact on family members. For many years, she has worked as an independent children's lawyer promoting the interests of children in highly charged parenting matters.

Lee is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has been recognised in the 2017-2019 editions of Doyle's Guide as a Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer.

Career Highlights

Lee's career highlights include:

  • being invited by the 2015 Royal Commission into Family Violence to provide evidence about clients and their children who have been affected by family violence in the past, and who remain at risk of family violence. Lee gave her views on whether the court processes and culture adequately protect and support clients and their children, while holding those who have been violent accountable for their actions
  • being appointed Chair of the Family Law Advisory Committee to the Accreditation Board of the Law Institute of Victoria for Family Law in 2019. The Committee is responsible for assessing Victorian candidates in gaining accreditation to the specialisation of family law.

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