Kristina Antoniades Special Counsel

Kristina was admitted to practice in 2004 and has practiced exclusively in family law since that time.  She is an Accredited Family Law Specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria, an accredited mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.  In her role as a Dispute Resolution Practitioner she is able to provide Section 60I Certificates to enable parties to commence parenting proceedings in the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court.

Kristina focuses on client based solutions and is empathetic and understanding to the needs of her clients.  She has a passion for complex parenting matters, and has acted for a number of grandparents in the context of litigation. She also has expertise in drafting Binding Financial Agreements, Child Support Agreements and with complex property matters generally.

Kristina has developed a specialist practice in LGBTI family law matters, including the preparation of Donor Agreements and Surrogacy Agreements.

Kristina co-facilitates the Prospective Lesbian Parents Association, and hosts the JOYLaw segment on radio station JOY 94.9. She has also presented various seminars to her peers on topics such as Binding Financial Agreements, parenting matters, family violence, and surrogacy.

Kristina works collaboratively with other professionals such as financial advisors and accountants, and psychologists, to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.  She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. She is also a member of LEDR (Association of Dispute Resolvers) and AIFLAM (Australian Institute of Family Lawyers and Mediators).


Kristina is the winner of the Accredited Specialist Achievement Award (Family Law) category of the 14th Victorian Legal Awards.

Hours to suit you

We appreciate that your time is valuable, and for this reason, we are happy to offer consultations by telephone, skype, or email, to suit your needs.

You can also start the process of your family law consultation by engaging in our interactive form online. The link is below.

Initially you will be asked to answer 7 easy questions about your situation. You will then be provided with general advice about your circumstances (including how the family law system works), and your options with regard to parenting arrangements and/or a property settlement.

If you would like to provide further detail in your own time, and meet with one of our lawyers, our interactive form will ask you detailed questions regarding your current circumstances. Those instructions will then be provided in summary to our lawyers, to ensure that your first meeting with them is meaningful.

You will not be charged for using our online form.

Latest News & Insights

After separation … who gets the pets?

Posted By on 16/01/20 at 8:54 AM

By Chloe McGuinness (Senior Associate) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) Pet owners invest a lot of time, money and emotion in their pets. For most people, their pets are important and loved members of their family, and it is often devastating when there is a relationship breakdown and there is a dispute about who will … Read more

The role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer

Posted By and on 25/11/19 at 5:45 PM

When Court proceedings are initiated in relation to children, most parties are usually independently represented by lawyers who advise their clients (based on their particular circumstances) as to what would be a reasonable care arrangement for the children moving forward.  Although the best interests of the children is the paramount consideration in parenting matters under the … Read more

Travelling overseas with children post-separation

For parents, the thought of their children travelling overseas with the other parent post separation, can be stressful and trigger anxiety.  However, children’s lives should not be affected by the separation of their parents – they should still have the same opportunities they would have had, had their parents remained together.  This is of course … Read more

Child abduction – the Hague Convention

Posted By on 25/09/19 at 10:29 AM

By Bronwyn Montgomery (Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) Any parent can appreciate the anxiety another parent feels when their former partner makes the unilateral decision to remove their child from the country in which they are living, without that parent’s consent or knowledge.  This is known within family law as child abduction. If your … Read more

Changes to family violence intervention orders

Posted By on 29/07/19 at 11:23 AM

By Cano Ergun (Trainee Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) On 24 July 2019 the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (MCV) and the Children’s Court of Victoria implemented two important changes in relation to family violence intervention orders. These are: Updated standard conditions for family violence intervention orders (FVIO); and Information sheets to be attached to … Read more

My Health Record – privacy concerns for children of separated parents

Posted By on 18/09/18 at 11:47 AM

By Adrian Faelli (Trainee Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) From 15 November 2018, all Australians will automatically receive an online My Health Record unless they choose to opt out before this date. Privacy concerns A variety of privacy concerns surrounding sensitive personal and medical information contained within My Health Records have been raised since … Read more