A premier Australian law firm practising exclusively in the area of family law


Perth Family Lawyers is a boutique medium sized Australian law firm that practices exclusively in the area of family law. Our solicitors are highly experienced and skilled in this area, and aim to provide our clients with comprehensive and effective family law advice, under each individual circumstance. Perth Family Lawyers takes pride in the advice and service we provide and always strive for excellence by regularly improving our knowledge and keeping up to date on developments in the law.

The Directors of Perth Family Lawyers are Melissa Raftis and Nicola Bowen. With over 30 years’ combined experience in the area of family law, Melissa and Nicola are highly regarded and respected within the profession. Melissa and Nicola launched Perth Family Lawyers in 2011 and since then the firm has grown in dominance in the family law space and expanded to include additional highly experienced solicitors. Our team of solicitors are supported by a dedicated team of support staff, who are all highly trained to provide exceptional service.

Perth Family Lawyers strives to take a strategic and client focused approach to every single case and our solicitors work hard to ensure that they always provide direct, no nonsense meaningful advice, whatever the matter may be. Perth Family Lawyers are able to assist in all areas of family law, including:

    • Divorce;
    • Property Settlement;
    • Children and parenting matters, maintenance and child support;
    • Child Protection;
    • Family Violence Restraining Orders;
    • Binding Child Support Agreements; and
    • Binding Financial Agreements.

Our solicitors are able to represent clients in the Family Court of Western Australia, Magistrates Court of Western Australia and Children’s Court of Western Australia and, with a wealth of knowledge behind them, are confident in providing clients with relevant and important information about the ever changing Court system.

The team at Perth Family Lawyers are genuine, personable and dedicated to ensuring that our clients are provided with an exceptional high quality and cost effective service.

A team of dedicated, empathetic professionals


Melissa Raftis

Director and Senior Lawyer

Melissa Raftis is a Director and Senior Lawyer of Perth Family Lawyers, who graduated from Monash University in 2000.

Samantha Long

Director and Senior Lawyer

Samantha has worked in the area of family law since 2007, and graduated from Murdoch University in 2011.

Peter Banks

Senior Associate

Peter completed his law degree and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle in 2016.

Marija Wood


In 2022 Marija graduated with her Bachelor of Laws degree from Curtin University and subsequently obtained her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law that same year.

Hayden Perer


Hayden completed his law degree and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle in 2017.

Ana Dusmanoska


In March 2022, Ana joined Perth Family Lawyers, whilst completing her Bachelor of Laws.

Sarah Taylor

Office Manager

Sarah is a longstanding employee of Perth Family Lawyers having worked in the firm since February 2012.

Britanny Norrish

Legal Assistant

Britanny joined Perth Family Lawyers as a Legal Assistant in July 2021 after moving to Perth from her hometown of Northam.