Stefan Pantellis Senior Associate

Stefan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2016 and has practised exclusively in family law since his admission to legal practice in 2017. Prior to his admission, Stefan worked exclusively in family law and family violence prevention in both private practice and the community sector in legal support roles.

During his undergraduate studies, Stefan completed intensive study programs in alternative dispute resolution and international litigation and arbitration at Humboldt University in Germany, and Michigan State University in the United States of America.

Stefan is passionate about delivering high quality legal services and achieving practical outcomes for his clients. He is particularly interested in LGBTIQ family law issues including adoption, surrogacy and donor agreement matters. Stefan also has a keen interest in international family law matters and has experience in both Hague and non-Hague Convention child abduction matters.

Stefan is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association.

Latest News & Insights

Lottery winnings – yours, mine or ours?


Posted By on 22/07/21 at 9:51 AM

By Carlyna Yap (Trainee Lawyer) and Stefan Pantellis (Senior Associate) When altering property interests after the breakdown of a relationship, two key factors that the Court must consider are: the assets, liabilities and financial resources of the parties; and the parties’ contributions (financial and non-financial). When it comes to identifying the asset pool, it’s easy … Read more

Defining the de facto relationship


Posted By and on 6/07/21 at 11:26 AM

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, provisional data released for January to June 2020 shows a 31.9% decrease in marriages in Australia. While the current rate of marriages is declining, the ever-changing structure of relationships and family units continues to call into question the rights and entitlements to a property settlement for separating de … Read more

Urgent family law applications during Stage 4


Posted By and on 5/08/20 at 2:32 PM

The introduction of stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne continues to present unprecedented challenges for parents and carers navigating parenting arrangements. While “shared custody arrangements”, whether informal or court-ordered, is permitted under the current restrictions, issues may arise beyond the control of either party that prevent a child from continuing to spend time with the … Read more

The role of arbitration in family law


Posted By and on 31/07/20 at 9:34 AM

Separating couples have a number of options to resolve family law property disputes including mediation, arbitration and litigation. It is generally accepted that Court proceedings should be a last resort and only if all other dispute resolution methods have failed, or if an urgent issue arises. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all aspects of … Read more

COVID-19 update – gradual resumption of face-to-face court hearings


Posted By and on 17/06/20 at 4:12 PM

Court process may never perhaps return to the way it was and it is important for lawyers and family law clients involved in the system to be aware of emerging trends. The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (“the Courts”) are increasing face-to-face hearings in a staggered way over the … Read more

The role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer


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

By Stefan Pantellis (Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) 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 … Read more