Legal in Sydney, NSW
Phone: (02) 9261 3122
Email: [email protected]
Aileen started her legal career in 2001 when she was admitted to practice as a Solicitor. In 2007 she became an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and since 2008, she has been a partner in the firm of Abrams Turner Whelan Family Lawyers.
Aileen is experienced in all areas of Family Law including property settlement, parenting issues, child support, spouse maintenance, de facto relationships, same sex relationships and altruistic surrogacy. She has conducted many complex litigation matters through the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and has represented clients in negotiations, mediations and collaborative matters. Whilst Aileen is an experienced litigator, her preference is to resolve issues without resorting to Court proceedings wherever possible because of the cost, both emotional and financial, of litigation on clients and their families.
Recognising the stress that clients experience when going through a separation, and understanding that clients generally want to resolve their matters whilst maintaining their integrity and dignity, Aileen uses her Irish warmth and background, her humour, pragmatism and common sense to put clients at ease and to get them through the process in the most gentle, expeditious and cost-effective way possible.
Aileen is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and has undergone advanced training run by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals both on the Gold Coast and in Washington DC. Aileen is a passionate advocate of collaborative practice. She has enthusiastically embraced it as part of her family law repertoire and believes that collaborative practice is the best way in which most separated couples can resolve their family law disputes.
Aileen is a member of the New South Wales Law Society, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, AACP, Collaborative Professionals (NSW), Central Sydney Collaborative Forum, Relationships Australia (NSW) Interdisciplinary Practice Group and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Aileen is a former Co-President of the Central Sydney Collaborative Forum and is currently Secretary of Collaborative Professionals (NSW).