Catherine Spain

Areas of Expertise

Family Law



Child Support

Child abduction

Care & Protection

Mediation & Arbitration


Catherine Spain graduated from Sydney University and was admitted as a solicitor in 1994. She was called to the Bar in 2012. Since that time she has practised exclusively in the area of family law.

Catherine appears regularly in both parenting and financial proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia throughout NSW.

Catherine was recently named by the Doyle’s Guide as one of the recommended Family & Divorce Law Junior Counsel in Australia.

Catherine has been a member of the New South Wales Bar Association Family Law Committee and a contributing editor to the Lexis Nexis Family Law Reports. Catherine has also published articles in the New South Wales Law Society Journal and presents CLE seminars to family law solicitors. Articles/presentations include:

NSW Law Society Journal: Child relocation – decision should not be unilateral, June 2013

Auslaw Family Law Conference: Practical aspects of relocation cases, November 2013

NSW Law Society Journal: Family Court confirms that the notion of special skills belongs in the past, July 2015

Auslaw Family Law Conference: International Child Abduction and the 60 Minutes Debacle, July 2016

Learned Friends Conference, London: Spousal maintenance claims – different jurisdictions, different approaches, September 2016


Catherine Spain