Caralee Fontenele and her experienced team has participated in numerous multi-jurisdictional disputes advising on complicated children’s matters and complex financial settlements, pre-nuptial agreements.

Child Abduction Matters

Relocating a child out of Australia without the other parent’s consent is wrongful removal or wrongful retention. This is most likely to occur when a parent or a member of that parent’s family are from or living overseas.

The Hague Convention on the International Aspects of Child Abduction was brought into force in Australia in 1983. Only countries who are signed up to the Hague Convention are subject to the rules and at the time of writing there are 98 countries that are bound by the rules of the Hague Convention.

We have dealt with many international matters and are recognised as having experience in this field. When child abduction has or may occur, urgent legal advice and action is imperative.

These are the areas of international family law that we can assist with:

  • Separation and divorce
  • International relocation of children
  • International child abduction law
  • Hague Convention return applications
  • Overseas property law
  • Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support, including registration, enforcement and variation of overseas maintenance liabilities
  • Child support departure prohibition orders
  • Overseas service of documents
  • Registration and enforcement of overseas judgments
  • Registration of overseas orders


We are committed to the efficient and prompt resolution of family law matters, in the most cost effective manner possible.

Not every matter needs to go to Court and we do our best to resolve all matters outside of the Court.

Client Feedback

These guys have been absolutely amazing with helping me with my case as it has been tough but they have helped me get through it. Honestly the team have been so amazing and have helped me with been able to get the courage to get through this situation and they have been so supportive. The service has been fantastic as they have checked up on me and my family constantly to see how we have been going through out the process. I would highly recommend Collective Family Law Group to any one seeking assistance in a family law matter. Yours Faithfully, Mark.

I cannot speak highly enough about the team at Collective Family Law. I was going though a very hard time emotionally and financially and received nothing but compassion and support. If you need a family lawyer please look no further than this group of high knowledgeable and skilled people, you’ll be glad you did. Yours faithfull Brendan.

If any interaction with a business deserve 5 stars this law firm does. When I left I felt like I had been problem solving with a trusted friend over coffee, beware the choc chip cookie jar in the kitchen area

The whole team at Collective Family Law have been so helpful. They have helped me through such a hard time and went above and beyond to make sure my every need was met, and to such a high standard. Couldn’t recommend them enough!!!

The team at Collective Family Law Group helped me navigate through a very difficult time in my life. I appreciated their honest, straight forward approach and would recommend them to anyone needing family law work done.

Amazing firm and staff! Couldn’t recommend enough.

Fantastic experience. I was skeptical of the whole free first consultation thing but how wrong I was. Jenny was awesome, answered all of my questions and advised clearly on my situation with knowledge, understanding and a lovely manner. Would recommend to anyone who asks.
My first (and hopefully last) experience with a family law service, so I have nothing to compare to. I don’t know what fees are like generally with other family law services, but it was a costly experience. You do get what you pay for though, I always had a prompt and professional response to all of my concerns.

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