Joelene Nel

Associate Director, Collaboratively Trained Family Lawyer, Mediator & Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Parenting Co-ordinator

The breakdown of a relationship and family can be a time of instability and the unknown.

With nearly 20 years experience in family law, Joelene takes away fear through compassionate service and remarkable skills in negotiation.

Joelene is focused on achieving positive outcomes for clients in emotionally challenging times.  Joelene is knowledgeable and skilled in identifying the many different issues to consider when people separate, and understands that there are more than just the legal issues to think about. She also has experience and training of how to approach matters where there is domestic and family violence issues.

Joelene’s sensible and practical approach as a nationally accredited mediator is how she assists parties to resolve their disputes without going to court.

Her passion for helping people overcome these challenges and build happy lives extends to volunteering at the Robina Community Legal Centre, Women’s Legal Service and Rize Up. Joelene is involved in the local legal community by being a committee member of the Gold Coast District Law Association, mentoring other lawyers and guest lecturing family law at Bond University. Joelene is an advocate for wellness, both personally and professionally. She has a blended family and is the mother of two busy children, and continually works hard at juggling life as a mum, friend, daughter, trusted advisor and lawyer / mediator.

Her work covers all areas of family law including:-

  • Divorce,
  • Property settlement,
  • De facto relationships,
  • Parenting orders,
  • Children’s matters (including recovery orders, relocation applications and child maintenance),
  • Financial Agreements (including ‘prenups’), and
  • Mediation / Family Dispute Resolution


“I’m so pleased that this is finally done. I appreciate both Joelene & Allison’s help with everything.”

Divorce client, Ms JT.

“Joelene Nel is a solution focussed FDRP; she worked hard to assist my client reach a resolution for her property settlement which saved the parties from the extra stress of costly litigation”

Family lawyer acting for the wife in a defacto property settlement

“Thanks for all your help, you made the process clear, simple and very easy to follow – I really appreciate it”.

Brad – a family lawyer client enquiring about the separation process”

“What a year it has been! Thank you for being there and helping us through. It’s such a relief to know everything is now sorted, we can move on with our lives and our children and look forward to our wedding next October. Once again, thanks for everything you have done for us all. It means a lot.”

Nathan and Amanda – a blended family who needed to finalise family law matters so they could move on with their lives.

“Joelene, I will be sure to recommend you to anyone else who may require your services also, I have very much appreciated your personal approach and genuine care and your focus on achieving the best outcome for myself and my son under the circumstances”.

Kate  – Mother and family law client

“Thank you for meeting with us today, you have lifted a very large weight off our shoulders”

Concerned Father on a parenting matter

“Thank you for the update. I am so happy with the outcome. That’s such great news. Thanks so much for getting me to this point. I do appreciate all you have done.”
LC – Family Law Client

“Thank you for co-mediating with me today. You are a true mediator, calm, empathetic, professional, nice and patient. It was great to work with you.”
Brisbane Mediator

“I’d just wanted to say thank you for all your help and getting the Apprehended Violence Order yesterday.”
Female client in Domestic Violence Proceedings

“The mediation was very smoothly and professionally conducted in a warm and welcoming venue. As a family law property matter where young children were involved some of the issues were sensitive. Our mediator Joelene Nel was skilled at putting the parties at their ease and talking through in a calm way some tough issues both in group and one on one sessions. It was a long day but very happily the matter settled and final orders were agreed and signed off on the day. I am sure that without mediation this matter would have run on for many more months. Thanks to all.”
Senior Associate Family Lawyer at Gold Coast Law Firm

“I really enjoyed working with you… I value your empathy and professionalism.”
Brisbane and Gold Coast Family Lawyer and Mediator

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