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 JOY94.9. 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).

Recognition

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

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

Amendments to family violence laws now in force


Posted By on 9/04/18 at 8:08 AM

On 29 March 2018, the remaining provisions of the Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2017 (the Amending Act) commenced.  These amendments implement the recommendations of the Family Violence Royal Commission (Royal Commission) and now form part of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) (the Act). The amendments provide for: better explanations of interim and … Read more

JOY Law – surrogacy in Australia


Posted By on 12/02/18 at 9:26 AM

In this episode of JOY Law, Monica and I talk about surrogacy: what it is, how it works and the laws pertaining to surrogacy in Australia. In particular, we discuss: the various forms of surrogacy; intended parents and who gets named as parents on the child’s birth certificate; commercial surrogacy versus altruistic surrogacy; the legislation … Read more

JOY Law – separation and parenting arrangements


Posted By on 29/01/18 at 9:46 AM

Relationship breakdowns are never easy, and when children are involved, matters can become fraught.  It’s crucial that parenting arrangements are carefully considered and documented as soon as possible after separation.  On JOY Law, we talked about: emotional burdens you face when dealing with the breakdown of your relationship; co-parenting post-separation; the importance of written agreements … Read more

JOY Law – donor agreements & planning a rainbow family


Posted By on 22/01/18 at 10:15 AM

On JOY Law (JOY FM), we talked about rainbow families, donor agreements and issues to consider when planning your rainbow family.  Specifically, we talked about: donor agreements and clarifying the intention of the parties entering into a donor agreement; the legal rights of the parties; ‘known’ and ‘unknown’ donors; relationships between ‘known’ donors and lesbian … Read more

JOY Law – what does marriage equality mean for those who married overseas?


Posted By on 19/12/17 at 11:58 AM

On JOY Law (JOY FM), Jack Stuk and I discussed the ramifications from changes to the Marriage Act for LGBTI couples who married overseas.  Specifically, we talked about: recognition of overseas marriages under the revised law; whether those married overseas need to do anything to formalise their union in Australia, including whether it’s necessary to … Read more

Married overseas? You’d better read this


Posted By on 11/12/17 at 11:21 AM

The reforms to the Marriage Act 1961 (“the Act”) commenced from midnight, 8 December 2017.  While many are still celebrating the long-awaited reforms, the changes to the Act have flow on consequences for same sex couples who married overseas. If you’re planning to get married  If you are planning on marrying your partner, you must … Read more