Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers is a professional and accomplished team of dedicated family law specialists offering affordable, personal and trusted family law services on the North Shore. Family Law matters can be difficult for the people involved. It’s our job to make it easier, by providing you with trusted advice and quality representation. We believe in exploring all available options, including mediation, negotiation, collaborative law and litigation, in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Lisa Wagner is the founding principal of Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers and has over 30 years experience as a specialist family lawyer. She is an Accredited Family Law specialist, a nationally registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and is trained in Collaborative Family Law Practice and Parenting Coordination. 

Lisa is committed to helping separating couples and families, achieve the best possible outcomes in an amicable manner, outside the traditional adversarial court system. Lisa offers expertise, experience and empathy, enabling separating couples to move forward and live the next stage of their lives with confidence. Withs extensive experience across all areas of family law including mediation, negotiation, parenting coordination and collaborative law. Additionally, she has a reputation for being a skilled litigator when required and acts as a court appointed Independent Children’s Lawyer for children in difficult and complex parenting cases; as well as being identified as a recommended family lawyer in Doyles Guide. Lisa believes in giving back to her community and has supported a range of community and pro bono initiatives, including the Manly Community Legal Centre and the North Shore Family Lawyers Practice Group.

If you would like to discuss a family matter, engage in collaborative parenting coordination, need court representation or simply want to know where you stand, we are here to help you move on to the next stage of your life with confidence. To us, your family matters greatly. Contact us today on (02) 9437 0010 


Facing a separation or divorce later in life? 

Separating or getting divorced, no matter what your age, is difficult. However, a divorce later in life can pose its own unique considerations and make some of the expected consequences of a separation felt more sharply. If you are facing a Grey Separation or Divorce, having the right information is crucial so you can make informed decisions as to what steps you should take regarding your future and how to navigate the day-to-day road ahead during your separation and/or divorce.

Find out more about Grey Separations and Divorces here: Grey Divorce – Divorce & Separation in Later Life | Doolan Wagner (


  1. Libby Armstrong
    Libby Armstrong

    Lisa and Stuart did a wonderful job supporting me with my separation settlement. Their professionalism and expertise, combined with empathy and unwavering efforts helped secure the best outcome for me, while keeping the costs down for me. I would totally recommend them to anyone requiring assistance in a Family Law Matter. Lisa and Stuart both helped me greatly through an incredibly difficult time. I am so grateful to them both.

    8 April 2020 at 8:54 pm
  2. Sarah

    I was totally unprepared when my husband told me he was leaving me. After the initial shock my first thoughts were for the welfare of our children. My main priority at the time was to ensure that my children would not suffer the trauma of a a messy breakup and custody dispute, which often happens during the separation process. I instinctively knew that I would need to seek the advice and counsel of a professional family lawyer if I wanted to achieve a resolution that would ensure that my children’s needs would be well looked after. I was not disappointed when a friend suggested I contact Lisa Wagner, the Principal of Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers. From my first consultation, Lisa was with me every step of the way, and together with her team offered me the support I needed both professionally and emotionally. The team is to be commended on their dedication to achieving the best outcome for their clients in a fair and professional manner.I was also offered sound advice on my financial entitlements and guided through the decision making process in this area. Most importantly, they were always available to me so that I did not have the added stress of trying to go through this painful process alone. I have no hesitation in recommending this wonderful team to anyone who is need of help in any aspect of their separation.

    26 February 2017 at 5:07 pm
  3. Claudia

    Lisa was fantastic during the last few tough months. She provided her experienced advice and assisted me in understanding and navigating the overwhelming steps I need to take to sort my separation. She was personable, professional and present. I have recommended Lisa to other friends and am certain she will continue to assist families along their journey. Thanks again Lisa.

    20 July 2015 at 2:53 pm
  4. Kate

    I have known Lisa Wagner for many years and have recently referred a close friend of mine to her. My friend required help with a very sensitive family law related matter. Lisa was very professional, caring and took the time to listen to my friend and counsel her through this very difficult time. Lisa provided a level of support far in excess of what she had experienced in the past. I would recommend Lisa to my friends and colleagues in the future.

    17 March 2015 at 11:09 am
  5. Natasha

    I was first introduced to Lisa Wagner through a dear friend that I trust and I sincerely and wholeheartedly recommend Lisa Wagner as your family lawyer. She negotiates well with the other side, cuts through any manipulation while being financially savvy and keeping costs down. She has led me through a difficult time with sincerity and professionalism, always taking time to understand my situation with my ex-spouse and then giving exceptional legal advice during a high stress situation. I recommend her for any situation you find yourself in – she has expertise with financial settlement, can think bigger picture than your stress may allow, and supports you gently while setting firm boundaries with the other side. Lisa is not afraid to fight your cause and does an exceptional job in and out of court.

    27 February 2015 at 2:16 pm
  6. Bronwyn

    I have referred to Lisa many friends and colleagues who have been in very difficult situations over the past 15 years. Lisa, a mum herself, understands the stress that goes with separations particularly when children are involved. Lisa is discreet, highly professional and takes control, listens carefully and will recommended the approach she believes will best meet friends needs and budgets. Lisa’s support, advice, calm nature and exceptional legal skills have helped many. Lisa was always quick to respond to their questions and concerns and their matters were resolved quickly and professionally and in their favour. You can be assured you are with the best.

    12 February 2015 at 1:49 pm

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