Jane Holford

Lawyer

Jane grew up in Western Australia and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia. She moved to Victoria to study a Masters of Law (Juris Doctor) at Monash University, and was admitted to legal practice in 2020.

Jane has worked in the family law sector since 2017. Before joining Smith Family Law, she worked with the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network – Greater Melbourne, assisting in organising family law related continuing professional development events and providing assistance to self-represented litigants in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

Jane has a particular interest in:

  • providing a holistic service to clients, meaning that clients are aware of the support services available to them when going through separation (such as in-court support services, educational programs and specialist support groups);
  • making family law accessible and straightforward for clients, including speaking in plain English, being upfront about the costs associated with legal work and achieving practical and sensible solutions;
  • utilising technology to simplify and streamline processes in the work that she does but also in a broader sense of the family law sector as a whole; and
  • staying up to date on policy changes and movements within the family law sector.

Jane has previously volunteered at a community legal centre specialising in family law. It was during this time she gained an understanding of the diverse nature and complexities of family law matters.

Whilst there, she developed experience in providing cost-effective, practical and tailored legal advice to clients. She has a keen interest in settlement-focused practice and is delighted to work at Smith Family Law, who share this vision.

In her spare time, she enjoys trying out new recipes on family friends and catching up on TV shows.

Memberships

  • Victorian Family Law Pathways Network – Greater Melbourne
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Family Law Section – Law Council of Australia
  • Youthlaw
  • Australian Resolution Institute
  • The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network

Recent articles by Jane

Significant changes to the Family Law Act effective from May 2024

Significant changes to the Family Law Act effective from May 2024

In October 2023, the Australian Parliament passed major changes to how parenting matters are dealt with in family law. These changes come into effect from May 2024. Importantly, they are NOT retrospective. Learn more about how these changes may impact parenting matters.
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A guide to probate in Victoria

A guide to probate in Victoria

Probate is the process of officially proving the validity of a Will in deceased estate matters. The executor is the person who makes the probate application to the Supreme Court of Victoria. This guide to the probate application process is particularly helpful if you are the executor of a deceased estate.
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Supervised time in family law parenting matters

Supervised time in family law parenting matters

Following separation, many parents are able to come to an agreement about arrangements for the care of their children. However, often there can be disputes and, in some circumstances, and under certain conditions, an arrangement for supervised time with the children may be an option.
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Calculating the asset pool for family law property matters

Calculating the asset pool for family law property matters

While parties do not always need to agree on all aspects of the asset pool to reach a property settlement resolution, understanding how to calculate the asset pool is essential for both parties as a starting point.
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