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Conversations from the coalface

by Zoe Durand

Inside Family Law is a book that gives you the opportunity to pick the brains of the leading minds who work in all areas of family law.​


Interviews include:  Judge Joe Harman, The Honourable Peter Rose OM QC, Former Federal Circuit Court Judge Stephen Scarlett OAM RFD, Recently retired Federal Circuit Court Judge Robyn Sexton, Dr Antony Milch, Alison O’Neill, Linda Campbell, Brian Pickup, David Bird, Mark Lipson, Trevor Tockar, Greg Kenny, Tom Hutchings, David Barry, Maurice Edwards, Cristina Huesch and Stephen Page.

For someone navigating the Family Law system after a relationship breakdown, its complex processes, jargon and unfamiliar concepts can be daunting.

Through rare and candid conversations, Inside Family Law demystifies family law and empowers those embarking on the process. It will help you find the path to a positive outcome for everyone involved. Readers can access interviews across Australia with Judges, family lawyers, barristers, expert psychiatrists, family therapists, forensic accountants, expert business and property valuers and also firsthand accounts of the system, including children’s stories.

Click below to purchase Inside Family Law (all copies purchased here are personally signed by Zoe.

Topical, insightful, and practical, Inside Family Law covers parenting and property matters, Court and settlement processes.

Designed to be dipped into, it includes 60 key questions and answers, and highlighted tips throughout give instant access to key points.

Though accessible and conversational for those separating, Inside Family Law is equally useful for family lawyers wanting to enrich their understanding of the perspectives of Judges, other professionals, and the clients they serve.  Importantly, throughout Inside Family Law, Judges and other professionals also share their best tips for family lawyers. There is also discussion of wider issues in family law, including unexpected and creative ideas for reform. 

It also has relevance for any other professionals working in the area, or those working with families more broadly, as well as academics and those studying family law.

Equal parts law, practical teachings and raw humanity, Inside Family Law captures all angles of the family law system and allows readers to have a fireside chat with some of the big names in family law.

what judges, journalists and book reviewers are saying about inside family law


- author and writer at The New Intrigue 


"Durand gets to the human side of law... other authors of law books could learn from her precise questioning, her focus on the emotional and psychological toll of law...along with her focus on the effect law has on society. The approach of asking these questions directly to those within the legal system (judges, lawyers and so on), is a fresh new approach to the problem, and one that again, deserves celebration for Durand’s efforts."


- former Family Court Judge, mediator, arbitrator and adjunct lecturer at Sydney University


"There is no other book like this. This book is 'prime real estate' because of its range of practical knowledge from leading experts... in my opinion a copy of this book is a must for all institutions teaching family law, for family lawyers or those going through the process firsthand."

isabel lo

- journalist, founder of Media Diversity Australia and former producer for ABC and CNN International

"Zoë Durand has provided such an important resource for those going through the process looking for more perspective. I've been recommending Inside Family Law to all my friends." 

justine kearney

- journalist for ABC


As a journalist and someone who found themselves going through a separation, I found Zoe's book so helpful. I felt like I was sitting down with these Judges, barristers and other legal experts getting exactly the sort of information I needed.  I highly recommend this book for anyone about to embark on this difficult and overwhelming time

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