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Separation is rarely a straight-forward process, so a lawyer who values a strategic, direct approach is invaluable.
Diana Dichiera’s clients appreciate her ability to quickly cut through the noise, define the most important issues and plot a separation pathway that protects their rights and maximises their entitlements.
A practitioner with more than 15 years experience, Diana has a reputation as an adept, strategic negotiator across the full range of family law disputes, including complex property disputes and financial agreements, and children’s matters.
She is as comfortable managing small asset pools as she is multi-million dollar matters involving complex asset structures such as trusts, companies and self-managed superannuation funds.
“My aim is to get to a resolution as quickly, cost-effective and least emotionally draining as possible,” Diana says.
“It’s my job to take the emotion out of separation and design a plan to help people move forward. This allows my clients to focus on their own wellbeing as well as their children’s.”
Diana puts her clients’ interests at the centre while offering an objective, practical viewpoint. She sympathises with clients and recognises where compromise is possible to accelerate the process, while also standing firm to fight for the best possible outcome.
“I believe honesty at the beginning is best for my client as they start the separation process,” she says.
“It’s important they can open up to me when we first meet, that they trust me, and then I can tell them what I think the best moves going forward will be.
“It’s at a point in their lives that is difficult, so why not try to move them through to start that new phase sooner rather than later.”
This practical goal-orientated approach has delighted clients who feared years of litigation in the back-logged Family Court system.
“My focus is to avoid the costly process of litigation,” she says.
“It’s time-consuming. It’s stressful. It can take years. Why go through all of that?
“I guide people to a negotiated settlement. Put control in the hands of the two parties and empower them to find a solution that works for everyone as opposed to court-driven settlement where it is beyond their control.”
Whatever her role in the separation process, it is her client’s satisfaction that drives her.
“My motivation is getting an outcome that the client is satisfied with. It’s not about the legal answer,” she says.
“It’s about knowing my client is content with the outcome and it is what they were hoping to achieve when we first met.”
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- Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice
- Bachelor of Arts
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
- Admitted to practice 2005
My Areas of Expertise
- Complex property disputes
- Financial Agreements
- Matrimonial and De Facto Relationships
- Child Issues
- Child Support
- Property Settlement
My Professional Interests
- 2018 Leading Parenting, Custody and Children’s Matters Lawyers, Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
- 2016 Family Law Rising Star, Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
- Member of the Law Society of South Australia
Media & Blog Posts
Imagine going through the process of dividing your assets and property after separation, and then being forced to give up even more to your former partner, years later. Surprisingly, it is a common issue.Read more
When a separating couple starts the family law process, most have preconceived ideas about how it will work and their entitlements.Read more
Ending a relationship is often an emotional, confusing and sometimes traumatic time. It can be hard to know where to start, and what’s next.Read more
Tindall Gask Bentley Partner Diana Dichiera spoke to The Advertiser regarding the 40 year anniversary of the Family Court and the impact it has made on divorce in Australia.Read more
In part 3 of TGB's blog series on 40 years of the Family Court in Australia, Diana Dichiera and Meg Allison take a closer look at the changes to children’s matters since the inception of the Family Law Act 1975. (‘the Act’)Read more