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Christopher Hughes & Associates Family Lawyers

  • Christopher Hughes - Principal

  • Angela Grigg - accredited Family Law Specialist

  • There’s a strong case for getting the best

  • We have over 50 years of experience in Family Law

The North Coast’s Leading Family Law Firm

Christopher Hughes & Associates Family Lawyers is widely regarded as the leading family law firm on the North Coast of New South Wales and the most specialised family law firm in Regional New South Wales.

The accredited specialist family lawyers at Christopher Hughes & Associates have over 70 years of accumulated experience in family law.

Whilst we are based in Lismore, New South Wales, Christopher Hughes & Associates also represent clients throughout Australia and have offices in the Tweed region and on the Gold Coast for the convenience of clients living in these areas.

Our Philosophy

At Christopher Hughes & Associates, our philosophy is to:

• listen to and understand the needs of the client;
• provide the latest expert advice tailored to the individual needs of the client;
• keep the client informed at all times about the progress of their matter;
• adopt a sensible and cost effective approach.

These objectives are the key to a successful outcome for every client.

Family Law Services

Christopher Hughes & Associates provide expert advice to clients in the following areas of family Law:

• Divorce
• Parenting arrangements for children
• Property settlements and superannuation
• De facto and same sex relationship settlements
• Urgent injunctions
• Spouse maintenance
• Child support
• International child abduction
• Financial agreements - including Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Christopher Hughes - Principal

Chris has practised exclusively in the area of Family Law for over 20 years.

He achieved accreditation by the Law Society of New South Wales as a Family Law Specialist in 1994.

Chris is a former acting Deputy Registrar of the Sydney Registry of the Family Court of Australia, the former Chairperson of the Far North Coast Family Law Practitioners' Association and a former and long-standing member of the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales' panel of Independent Children's Lawyers.

Chris is a passionate advocate for his clients' success, prides himself on his thorough approach and strict attention to detail in all of his clients' Family Law matters and is meticulous in his advice to and representation of his clients.

Belinda Burgess - Senior Associate

Belinda has practised almost exclusively in family law since 1991.

Belinda has represented clients in a number of law making cases including a leading case on the relocation of children and leading decisions concerning the division of property between de facto spouses and sole occupation of their jointly owned home.

Having a strong commercial acumen, Belinda has a special interest in property settlements involving accounting issues and the valuation of business entities. Belinda is committed to providing advice to clients that is insightful and thorough yet cost effective. Her objective is to always exceed the expectations of her clients.

Jenny Cook - Senior Associate

Jenny was admitted to practice in 1982. Jenny is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, a Member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, and the Law Council of Australia, has undertaken Mediation training through the Dispute Resolution Centre at Bond University.

Jenny has an understanding of the complex issues in Family Law matters, she is innovative and practical, open and approachable, and has a commitment to her clients, be it as part of the settlement process, or in the litigation process.

Jenny approaches her conference work, negotiations, and her Court work, with the utmost commitment and integrity.

Christopher Hughes & Associates Family Lawyers

105 Molesworth Street
Lismore, NSW 2480
Phone: 02 6622 5566
Fax: 02 6622 5567


Professional Service:

Areas of Law

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Children - Overseas abduction
  • De facto Law
  • Parenting Arrangements
  • Pre-Nup Agreements
  • Property Settlements - Complex
  • Superannuation

Special Qualities

  • Accredited Specialist - Family Law

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Please contact our specialists in confidence about your family law concerns.


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