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Debra Effeney - Hartley Healy

Debra is an Accredited Family Law Specialist in Queensland and is admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

Debra was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2003 after completing 2 years of Articles in Rockhampton and completing her law degree at James Cook University in Townsville in 2000. Debra has a diverse background after having practiced as an Articled Clerk in a regional law firm and as a solicitor in national and mid-tier law firms in Brisbane.

Debra now practices exclusively as a Family Law Specialist and is experienced with the essential skills and expertise to act in all family law matters including:

  • Complex property settlements involving companies and trusts
  • Matters involving third parties
  • International family law disputes
  • De facto relationships
  • Financial Agreements
  • Parenting matters including relocation matters
  • Child Support matters including Child Support Agreements
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Domestic Violence
  • Surrogacy Matters

Debra is passionate about volunteering and is currently a volunteer at Women’s Legal Service in Brisbane. She is a volunteer mentor for the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland’s Ladder Program and has previously been a volunteer at Central Queensland Community Legal Centre.

When asked why she chose to practise family law, Debra said “It wasn’t a matter of me choosing family law, family law chose me.”