Jane Koelmeyer

Jane looks for a good commercial settlement rather than a big argument and I think my clients value that highly.

- Andrew Martin | Martin Taylor & Associates
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Jane Koelmeyer


Jane Koelmeyer is a principal in our Family Law team and is based in the Melbourne office. She is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Family Law Specialist.

"I began my career in the largest firm in regional Victoria. During that time, I worked on a wide range of litigation matters, including civil, family, wills and criminal cases. I also did quite a bit of work in the Children’s Court. This experience was invaluable, as it gave me a deep understanding of the particular challenges faced by separated families in regional areas, especially those living on farms or otherwise involved in agricultural enterprises. In 1998, I returned to Melbourne to work solely in family law."

Jane specialises in matters involving:

  • complex financial settlements
  • financial agreements (prenuptial and cohabitation agreements)
  • complex issues relating to children.

She has heard and determined appeals against administrative decisions on child support assessments, providing her insight and understanding of the child support system – a particularly complex area.

Jane also advises on spousal maintenance, separation agreements and relocation disputes.

With clients located both in Australia and overseas, Jane also assists foreign residents residing in Australia with family law matters.

"When working with clients, I’m always mindful that any family breakdown means that the parties are travelling through a very emotional landscape. My objective is to resolve the legal matter in a way that allows the parties to avoid the financial and other costs associated with litigation."

"I believe clients come to Barry.Nilsson. for family law advice because they know they’ll get highly personalised, market-leading expertise from collegiate and down-to-earth lawyers. Clients who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed due to their family situation find our “culture” a welcome respite. So, it’s not just what we do for our clients, it’s the way we do it."

Jane has been recognised as a Recommended Family and Divorce Lawyer in the 2020 edition of Doyle's Guide, and is also recognised in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers for Family Law. 




  • Member, Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Member, Family Law Executive, Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)
  • Former Chair, Family Law Section, Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Education Committee


  • Complex financial settlements
  • Financial agreements (prenuptial and cohabitation agreements)
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support issues
  • Separation agreements
  • Relocation disputes


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws


Family Law

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