Senior Associate

Niki is a Senior Associate at Hartley Family Law. She has practised exclusively in family law for the entirety of her legal career.

Her experience includes:

  • Wealth protection through the drafting of pre and post nuptial financial agreements, including agreements with assets in Australia and overseas and where clients simply wish to protect a certain class of assets such as inheritances or their interest in a family enterprise.
  • Advising high net wealth individuals with significant business interests, corporate and trust structures, and assets between $10 million to $80 million, where valuations and disclosure are in issue. 
  • Advising clients in complex parenting matters involving criminal charges, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, narcissistic behaviours and parental alienation.
  • Providing tactical advice in cases where one party wishes to relocate with the children against the other party’s wishes.
  • Negotiating and drafting settlement documents for parenting, property settlement, spousal maintenance and child support matters.
  • Representing clients in proceedings in the family law courts and Magistrates Court and at mediations, conciliation conferences and legal aid conferences.

Prior to being admitted as a lawyer, Niki worked in tax accounting. Her previous accounting experience is invaluable in financial matters with complex corporate structures and where business valuations are necessary.

Niki has been recognised as a Family Law Rising Star in the 2020 Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

Qualifications, memberships and recognition

  • Bachelor of Economics and Law (Hons) – University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – College of Law
  • Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia
  • Member – Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Member – Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Member – Queensland Lawchestra
  • Recognised as a ‘Family Law Rising Star’ for Queensland – Doyle’s Guide 2020

Our team’s speciality family law areas

Can I add back money my ex-partner has spent into our property pool?

15 February 2022, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     When reviewing transactions in your ex-partner’s bank statements, it can be a tough pill to swallow seeing them spend significant funds on luxury holidays, fine dining and designer clothes, particularly …

I have Crypto, how does it get treated in my property settlement?

15 June 2022, By Sara Ser of Hartley of Family Law     Digital assets such as cryptocurrencies (think Bitcoin and Ethereum) are not new and by now, most of us know someone or are someone who has dabbled, if not regularly …

Am I in a De facto Relationship?

17 March 2022, By Emily Woodhouse of Hartley of Family Law     A common question asked by clients is, “is there / was there a de facto relationship between my partner and I?”  There is often a lot of confusion because …

Can I record conversations with my ex-partner?

1 March 2022, By Tom Hartley of Hartley Family Law     In Queensland, it is lawful to record a conversation with another person if you are a party to that conversation, even where you are recording the conversation without the other …

Family Law and COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children

3 February 2022, By Stephanie Barnes of Hartley Family Law     Family law and COVID-19 vaccinations for children Among the many queries we have received relating to the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. travel of children where parents live interstate, children travelling between …

My Ex has withheld our children from my care… what can I do?

15 December 2021, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     Unfortunately, this is a question we are commonly asked over the Christmas period when tensions in separated families can often run high. While it may be your first thought to …

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