Publications

  • New managing director proving success is in the family

    DA Family Lawyers has announced the appointment of a new managing director who is expected to lead the firm to a new era of growth and prosperity. Experienced practitioner Lisa Foley (pictured above left) has stepped into the role of managing director while DA Family Lawyers’ founder Deborah Awyzio (pictured above right) remains a director of ...
  • My Wealth Solutions

    Since being established, My Wealth Solutions has been helping clients of all ages and backgrounds achieve their financial goals.   Based in Brisbane, our team of savvy, experienced financial planners and advisors work to build personalised financial plans that create grow and protect your wealth. We are your decision architects aiming to guide you on your path ...
  • The importance of preparation in mediation

    By Deborah Awyzio – nationally accredited mediator and registered family dispute resolution provider   Mediation is not an extension of litigation The process of mediation is nearly the opposite of litigation. In litigation, parties delegate their decision making powers to a Judicial Officer, whereas the central theme in mediation is self-determination. Consequently parties come to a mediation of their own ...
  • What is Collaborative Practice?

    Collaborative practice is about client’s owning and shaping the process by which they resolve their disputes by engaging in open communication and information sharing. In our collaborative practice we assist and support clients to identify interests and issues, develop options, consider alternatives and make decisions about future actions and outcomes, in a respectful way. We only work ...
  • Independent Children’s Lawyers

    by Deborah Awyzio Accredited Family Law Specialist (DA Family Lawyers) In parenting proceedings, the court is able to appoint an independent children’s lawyer, to represent the best interests of the child/children involved in those proceedings. The current practice is for an order to be made appointing an independent children’s lawyer and requesting the Legal Aid body of ...
  • If you have been ordered to attend a child inclusive conference

    If you have been ordered to attend a child inclusive conference, this is an information sheet prepared by the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court so you understand what is involved
  • Supreme Court decision reversing the decision of Justice Fryberg

    On the 8th of November, the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Queensland made a decision on reversing the decision of Justice Fryberg to adjourn a bail application indefinitely until Premier Newman retracted public statements he had made about being hard on bikies. You can find out more about this citation via the Supreme ...
  • Dispute Resolution Advocacy in the Context of Conciliation Conferences in Financial Matters

    The conciliation process has been used to resolve financial disputes in the family court system since 1975. To advocate effectively for clients within this process, lawyers need to possess knowledge and skills across two domains: first, legal and procedural and, second, dispute resolution. This article draws together academic, court and practitioner perspectives to set out ...
  • City Beat with Mitch Gaynor

    Moving Up Gun family law expert Deborah Awyzio has been nominated president at Family Law Practitioners Association (QLD). Awyzio started her own firm, DA Family Lawyers, in 2005. It has since grown to a small team of lawyers as well as forging tie-ins with regional firms. Joining Awyzio as vice-president is Trent Waller, a partner with ...
  • Surrogacy – A New Parenting Option

    It is now legal in Queensland for women to serve as surrogates for another person or couple, provided they are not paid a premium for their services. Previously anyone who entered into a surrogacy arrangement was subject to a maximum three year period of imprisonment.