Matthew Kinder

Director

Matthew is a Director of Meillon & Bright Legal. Matthew provides family law and estate planning services to clients from our Western Australian office in North Fremantle, and our NSW office in Newport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce and is admitted in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.

Matthew works exclusively in family law and estate planning and has a particular interest in:

Prior to practicing in family law, Matthew worked both in-house for an ASX listed company and for a boutique commercial and corporate firm in Perth where he advised clients on a wide range of commercial and corporate law matters including:

  • asset and share acquisitions (including takeovers and mergers);
  • corporate and group restructures;
  • advising on corporate governance;
  • drafting and reviewing a range of corporate and commercial documents
  • estate planning;
  • proving legal and strategic advice to a range of corporate clients.

Matthew’s diverse commercial experience, over a range of practice areas, means he is able to offer clients a well-rounded approach to resolve complex issues. Matthew works in conjunction with a wide network of professionals including commercial lawyers, accountants, financial advisors and taxation specialists to advise clients holistically with their respective family law matters.

Matt is a member of:

  • Law Society of Western Australia;
  • Family Law Practitioner’s Association of Western Australia;
  • Family Law Section from the Law Council of Australia; and he is a panellist with Legal Aid Western Australia.

Recent blogs by Matthew

Paternity tests to prove parentage in family law matters

Paternity tests to prove parentage in family law matters

A DNA paternity test can be performed where there is a dispute about who the child’s parents are. Most commonly, disputes can arise about who the father is in the context of child support. However, it is also common to see an application for DNA paternity testing in family law proceedings where a party is seeking to spend time with a child.
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Property settlement and property owned before a marriage

Property settlement and property owned before a marriage

If you’re considering separation or are in the process of separating, you may have given some thought to how assets owned by you may be treated in any property settlement proceedings. A common question family lawyers are asked is: “Will I be able to keep property bought by me before the marriage?”
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Disputes over who stays in the family home after separation

Disputes over who stays in the family home after separation

After the breakdown of a relationship, it would make sense for the parties to physically separate from one another by one of them moving out of the family home. However, sometimes people can’t agree on who should move out. So, who gets to stay in the family home if no one can agree?
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Parental alienation and family law in Australia

Parental alienation and family law in Australia

Unfortunately, after parents separate, sometimes children are exposed to their parents’ conflict. Whilst most children will maintain good and positive relationships with both parents, a percentage may become estranged from one parent. In extreme cases, a parent might attempt to form a wedge in the relationship between their child and the other parent. This is known as ‘parental alienation’.
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