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Joelene Nel

Associate Director specialising in Family Law, Collaboratively Trained Lawyer, Mediator & Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

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

With more than 15 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


“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

“Thanks for all your help to date, you have been excellent!”
Early Career Lawyer Mentee

“Congratulations Joelene on a terrific effort for the homeless [St Vinnies CEO Sleepout]. You and your firm are obviously lawyers with a social conscience. The legal world needs more people like you!”
Supporter of the CEO Sleepout

“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

“Thank you for your instructions in this matter. It was a pleasure working with you as always.”
Brisbane and Gold Coast Barrister

“I just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of my referral for me. She was very happy with everything that you did for her.”
Conveyancing Manager at Gold Coast Law firm

“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