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Jane Holford


I’m Jane. I grew up in Western Australia and received a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in business law) from the University of Western Australia. I moved to Victoria to study a Master of Law (Juris Doctor) at Monash University.

I have worked in the Family Law sector since 2017. Alongside my role at Emera Smith, I work part-time with the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network – Greater Melbourne assisting to organise family law related continuing professional development events. I enjoy the opportunity to learn about shifting attitudes and changes in the sector.

I am passionate about providing cost-effective, practical and realistic legal assistance to clients. I have a keen interest in settlement-focused practice, and am delighted to work at Emera Smith Family Law who share this vision.

I have a particular interest in:

  • providing a holistic service to clients, meaning that clients are aware of the support services available to them when going through separation (such as in-court support services, educational programs and specialist support groups);
  • making family law accessible and straightforward for clients, including speaking in plain English, being upfront about the costs associated with legal work and achieving practical and sensible solutions;
  • utilising technology to simplify and streamline processes in the work that we do but also in a broader sense of the family law sector as a whole; and
  • staying up to date on policy changes and movements within the family law sector.

In my spare time I enjoy bike riding, looking up new recipes to try out on my family and friends, and catching up on TV shows.

Recent articles by Jane

Using caveats in family law property settlement

Caveats in family law

Caveats can be a great tool to protect your interests before or while formalising a property settlement. This article explores how caveats work in Australia, and in Victoria in particular, and how they can be used in family law proceedings.
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The divorce process without using a lawyer

How to apply for divorce without using a lawyer

Obtaining a divorce is the legal end to a marriage. The divorce process is relatively straightforward, and many people choose not to engage a lawyer to assist them with their divorce but rather, follow a ‘do it yourself divorce’ approach.
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What impact might a Family Violence Intervention Order have during family law proceedings?

The impact of Family Violence Intervention Orders on family law proceedings

In this article, we look at how Family Violence Intervention Orders can have a significant impact on family law proceedings as they can indicate there is a risk to the child which can affect parenting arrangements.
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What is an independent children’s lawyer?

What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

In a court case concerning children, the primary focus is to make decisions that are in the best interests of the children. Sometimes, the court needs help in determining what the best interests of that particular child are, and they need that to be done by an impartial third party.
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