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Clarissa Rayward

Director, Qld Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law, Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, Author

Clarissa Rayward heads up BFLC and is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Clarissa has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since her admission to the profession in 2003. Clarissa brings to the firm a wealth of experience in all aspects of family and relationship law. With training in mediation and collaborative law, Clarissa offers a unique approach to family law matters focusing on out of Court resolution.

Clarissa also has extensive experience in appearing in both the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court in both children’s and property proceedings. Clarissa is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer and Separate Representative, representing children in complex Family Law and Child Protection Proceedings before the Courts. Clarissa has a deep passion for business and has grown BFLC from its inception in 2008 as a single practitioner firm to the multidisciplinary practice it is today.

In 2015 Clarissa published her first book ‘Splitsville- How to separate, stay out of Court and stay friends’This easy to read guide for separating families provides helpful advice to assist you through your divorce without unnecessary angst.  Clarissa’s book is available for purchase now from our online shop or you can order your copy here


Her knowledge of business has led to Clarissa assisting a large number of small business professionals during separation. Her unique understanding of the needs of small business owners and operators enables Clarissa to tailor solutions in property matters to suit the unique needs of her clients.

Clarissa is focused on supporting her clients through their divorce and separation without the need for them to go to Court.  She is passionate about education and in 2013 launched her Blog- ‘The Happy Family Lawyer” sharing her knowledge on separation and divorce to assist families at this difficult time.  Clarissa has been a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Brisbane during 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Her unique approach to business and to the needs of separating families has ensured that BFLC is a leader in this field.

In 2014 and 2015 Clarissa was also named among the leading Family Lawyers in Queensland by the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

Clarissa is a regular contributor to various online publications including Happy Parenting magazine and I am Woman.  You can read some of Clarissa’s recent work here-

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Clarissa was also recently interviewed by popular personal chef, Ronsley Vaz on his podcast ‘Bond Appetit’.  You can hear Clarissa’s thoughts on how food can unite friends and family here (and learn a little more about Clarissa, including her lack of culinary skill!)

The Happy Family Lawyer Podcast

 Recently Clarissa was also interviewed by David Curnow on ABC612 radio on why we need to rethink the word ‘Divorce’.  You can hear Clarissa’s interview here-

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Clarissa Rayward



Family Law Practitioners Assoc Qld – President 2014-2015

Qld Collaborative Law – Committee Member 2009 to 2014

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals– Access to Collaboration Taskforce- Committee Member 2013-2014

Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia 

Qld Law Society

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