Jacky is a partner of Forte Family Lawyers in Melbourne and has been working in family law for nearly 30 years. She has been Accredited as a Specialist in Family Law with the Law Institute of Victoria since 1991. She completed a Master of Laws at Monash University. Her thesis was on the relationship of bankruptcy and family law and she continues to have a special interest in matters involving bankruptcy, insolvency, liquidation and receivership. She has a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing from Deakin University.
Jacky received the Law Institute of Victoria Rogers Legal Writing Award 2004 - for the article "Splitting the Super … and Selling the Home." She is experienced with complex superannuation interests such as defined benefit funds and self managed superannuation funds.
Jacky is the consultant editor of CCH Australian Family Law and Practice and contributing author to CCH Australian Family Law and Practice to the Property, Spousal Maintenance, Financial Agreements, Maintenance Agreements, Procedure and Precedents tabs. She writes several chapters of the CCH Australian Master Family Law Guide, and is the author of the family law chapters in the Thomson-Reuters Australian Financial Planning Handbook and in the CCH Australian Master Superannuation Guide.
Jacky helps keep lawyers up to date by presenting Casewatch on the Television Education Network's audio program and is a regular presenter on DVDs for the Television Education Network. She speaks at seminars for lawyers including at the Law Institute of Victoria. Jacky writes and speaks on such topics as:
Setting aside financial agreements
- De facto relationships
- Latest development in property settlements
- Who is a parent?
Jacky is a Member of the Maintenance and Property Committee of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria, a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an Associate of the American Bar Association, and a trained Collaborative Lawyer. She is keen to assist clients resolve matters before trial through alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation. She acts for many clients who are overseas or where there is an international element such as overseas assets and international child abduction under the Hague Convention. She is also experienced in Australian and overseas surrogacy and disputes about the role of a sperm donor.