Rebecca Dahl

Partner

rebecca@nicholeslaw.com.au

Areas of Expertise

Bec practices exclusively in Family Law and has a particular interest in complex children’s matters, particularly those involving interstate or international relocation, assisting extended family members, such as grandparents seeking time with their grandchildren and she has a keen interest in promoting access to justice for the LGBTIQA+ community and specialises in providing legal guidance for its members. Bec has advised LGBTIQA+ clients on various legal matters including donor agreements, parentage, assisted reproduction and IVF.

She also has extensive experience in marital and de facto property disputes, and preparing Binding Financial Agreements both during relationships, and post separation as well as assisting clients involved in Intervention Order proceedings in the Magistrates Court.

Bec is a trained Collaborative Practitioner and relishes the opportunity to assist clients in this non-litigious form of dispute resolution.

In addition, Bec provides advice to clients and representation in relation to all other legal issues arising from family law and relationship breakdown including:

  • Divorce
  • Same sex relationships
  • Children and parenting matters
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance

Bec also has experience in the Children’s Court jurisdiction both in Victoria and South Australia, and is able to provide advice and support to clients involved in these systems.

As a product of her passion for access to justice within the LGBTIQA+ community, Bec is heavily celebrated in the advocacy space. Bec is a regular presenter on JOY 94.9, Australia’s LGBTIQA+ community media organisation. She frequently appears on the radio program Chicks Talking Footy to inform and empower the rainbow community. As a testament to her contributions to the LGBTIQA+ advocacy space, Bec is the recipient of numerous nominations at the GLOBE Community Awards. Bec has also spoken at national conferences on the issue of domestic violence in the LGBTIQA+ community and the impact of family violence on property proceedings.

Professional Experience

Rebecca joined Nicholes Family Lawyers in 2012, having practiced exclusively in Family Law since 2005 in both South Australia and Victoria, in a range of both small and large firms.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws & Legal Practice – Flinders University (South Australia)
  • Collaborative Practitioner

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • LIV Family Law Section Children and Youth Issues Committee
  • LIV Family Law Section Courts Practice Committee
  • Collaborative Professionals (Vic)collaborative_lawlogo

In the Media

October 2023

Supporting Separated Families in School

Bec Dahl was delighted to contribute an article to Wine with Teacher.  

In her article titled “Supporting Separated Families in School”, Bec delves into the impact that separation and parenting orders can have on educator care responsibilities. The article provides useful information and tips for educators to protect themselves and their students, and to support families with a smoother separation process.  

The full article can be read here

October 2023

Proposed Changes to the Family Law Act

Bec joined JOY 94.9 Radio’s ‘Your Law Talk’ segment to discuss proposed changes to the Family Law Act. Listen to the segment here.

September 2023

Wills and Estates

Rebecca and Malcolm Campbell from Nicholas O’Donohue & Co Lawyers joined JOY 94.9 Radio’s ‘Your Law Talk’ segment to discuss Wills and Estates. Listen to the segment here.

Chicks Talking Footy on @joy949

Bec is thrilled to announce her return to the “Chicks Talking Footy” team on @joy949 radio.

Starting Wednesday 2 August, Bec will be joining a team of other footy-obsessed women – Fiona, Motty, Bree, and Sasha to cover game analysis, topical issues in AFL and AFLW, and all the highlights of the game.

Get ready for expert insights, passionate discussions, and all the footy action you can handle. Tune in each Wednesday at 7pm and let the footy fever begin!

To listen to Chicks Talking Footy, click here.

July 2023

Becoming a Foster Carer

Rebecca joined JOY 94.9 Radio’s ‘Your Law Talk’ segment to discuss what it takes to become a Foster Carer. Listen to the segment here.

June 2023

ART, Surrogacy and IVF

Rebecca and Dr Sarah Nowoweiski from Newlife IVF joined JOY 94.9 Radio’s ‘Your Law Talk’ segment to discuss assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy and IVF. Listen to the segment here.

March 2023

Rebecca and colleague Nicholes Family Lawyers Partner Nadine Udorovic, working with Resolve Conflict Family Lawyers & Mediators Director Cathy Gale, have co-authored “Reshaped, Reframed and Innovated” which looks at new and highly innovative ways couples are being empowered to approach resolving relationship breakdown, with a particular focus on the Our Family in Two Homes (OFTH) approach.  Nicholes Family Lawyers and Resolve Conflict Family Lawyers & Mediators were the first family law firms in Victoria to use OFTH as part of their alternative dispute resolution approaches. To read “Reshaped, Reframed and Innovated”, click here. 

December 2022

The joys and stresses of the festive season

Rebecca spoke with ABC Radio Melbourne’s David Astle in December 2022 about the joys of the festive season/Christmas – and the pressures it can bring, including for separated families with children. Rebecca and David also discussed the important role that family law plays at this time of year.

July 2022

The end of Neighbours

Rebecca was interviewed on Hack on Triple J about the end of Neighbours (whilst on the back of a camel) with fellow partner, Catherine Giles. Rebecca was able to talk about some of the great representation on Neighbours of rainbow families and the LGBTIQA+ community. Rebecca’s interview can be found at the 24:07 mark.

June 2022

All things surrogacy

Rebecca spoke with ABC Radio Melbourne’s David Astle about all things surrogacy on “Evenings with David Astle” in June 2022.

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