Name: Jodylee Bartal
Firm Name: Schetzer Papaleo Family Lawyers
Jurisdiction: Australia
Practice Area: Family Law

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Jodylee Bartal as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Australia. If you wish to get in touch with Jodylee, please use the contact information provided above.

“Now, more than ever, our clients need expert, responsive and compassionate assistance.”

Jodylee has dedicated the last 20 years to advising couples (married, de facto and same-sex) on everything from separation and divorce to parenting disputes, including IVF, as well as binding financial agreements and all aspects of financial issues and property settlements.

Each case deserves an individual and specialist approach to achieve the best possible outcome
Jodylee uses negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation tools to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

She also invests a great deal of time and energy in her relationships outside the firm to ensure her clients always have access to the best possible team of experts in all areas of law.

Widely recognised as a leader in the industry
Jodylee was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Family Law, Melbourne in 2020. She has also been recognised by Doyles Guide and in The Best Lawyers in Australia for her work in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law.

Jodylee is a regular speaker on family law related issues and is regularly quoted in the media and recognised as a leading expert in the area.


  • Separation and Divorce, including:
    • Same sex couples
    • De facto relationships
  • Family Violence, including
    • Intervention orders
    • Breach of orders
  • Parenting Arrangements, including:
    • Surrogacy and IVF related advice and agreements
    • Relocation applications
    • Passport applications
    • Paternity disputes
    • Naming disputes
  • Child Support Agreements, including:
    • Adult children (18 years +)
    • Non-biological children
  • Binding Financial Agreements, including:
    • Intergenerational wealth transfer
    • Family business succession
    • Protect intra-family gifts
  • Property Settlements, including:
    • Multi-jurisdictional (cross-border) property matters
    • Valuation disputes
    • Spousal Maintenance
    • Superannuation Splits


  • BA/LLB (Monash University


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Family Law Section
  • Law Council of Australia

Firm Description:

At Schetzer Papaleo Family Lawyers we pride ourselves as expert family and relationship lawyers.

We understand the sensitive nature of separation and family law matters and aim to provide you with accurate, pragmatic and tailored advice so as to achieve the optimal outcome for you.

We are leaders in the industry and offer services specialising in divorce, property settlements, maintenance, parenting arrangements (custody), financial agreements (pre-nuptial) and child support. We work with you to find solutions and to produce an outcome that is in your best interest. Whilst we are expert litigators, we are also skilled negotiators and collaborators. We work closely with recognised experts in the field of family law including leading barristers, accountants financial advisors, child psychologists and counsellors in order to provide you the best possible advice.

We have vast experience in litigation and niche areas of family law including matters relating to IVF treatment, setting aside financial agreements, alienation cases and Hague convention cases. We also have experience in dealing with international clients and clients of various cultural backgrounds.