Margaret Donoghue Lawyer
Divorce and Family Law


Margaret Donoghue has been practising law in Victoria's South West and Western Districts for over 20 years. She started practice as an employee solicitor in Camperdown and Colac, then worked from home in the Otways, before moving to the Warrnambool region. In addition to clients from these areas, she also takes cases for clients from the regions around Mortlake, Hamilton and Coleraine in the north and Portland in the West. Margaret is now based in the picturesque town of Mortlake which is located between Ballarat, Warrnambool, Colac and Ararat. 

Areas of Legal Practice

Most people would recognise Margaret as a Family Lawyer, assisting clients through disputes about children and property settlements. In addition to the field of Family Law and De Facto Relationships she also works in conveyancing (for clients buying or selling properties), prepares Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate matters.


As a small legal firm, Margaret's approach is to be accessible and responsive to each individual client's needs. She considers it to be a part of her role to assist clients in understanding the legal process as it relates to their particular circumstances so as to achieve the best possible outcomes.

How can we help?

If you want some general information about Family Law, you might find our Blog useful.
For advice or help with your Family Law matter, contact Margaret

Margaret can provide you with advice about:

  • Where you stand legally if you separate from your partner
  • Mediation
  • How much time the children should spend with each parent and other family members
  • When you can move or relocate with the children
  • Who pays the mortgage and bills
  • Property settlement
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • Family Violence
  • Most other family law issues

Margaret can assist you with:

  • Negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Preparation of court and other documents
  • Court appearances

Legal Fees

Margaret is a strong believer in people having access to justice; for this reason she offers her first interview up to one hour for free. Margaret has a range of fee scales that reflect on the complexity and urgency of the case, together with the client's financial circumstances. Margaret recognises that legal fees are an important part of the decision making process for clients. She encourages discussion of these matters from the first interview.

Family Law - General Information

Margaret's Blog "Breaking Up" is aimed at providing general information to the public about Family Law. The content reflects issues and questions that clients have raised with Margaret over many years. We hope you find it interesting and informative.