Jodie Jarvis


I’m Jodie. I am originally from Bristol, UK where I qualified as a lawyer in 2014. I moved to Australia shortly after and have worked within family law ever since. While working in family law, I spent time studying to achieve my Australian qualification and I was admitted as an Australian lawyer in 2020.

I met Mona Emera while living in Brisbane in 2014. She interviewed me for a role, and we have worked together ever since. I am thrilled to be a part of Emera Family Law. We have a shared vision to deliver the best client service possible and we genuinely care about obtaining great outcomes for our clients.

I am skilled at all aspects of the family law including:

  • property settlement;
  • parenting matters; and
  • intervention orders.

I have a keen interest in LGBTIQA+ family law matters, and am focused on building professional connections with specialists in this area.  I currently serve on the committee of the Victorian Chapter of Pride in Law. 

I enjoy helping clients navigate the complexities of family law matters in an accessible and straightforward way. During my time at Emera Family Law I have learned the importance of building trust and strong relationships with our clients so that they feel supported and confident throughout this process. I am settlement focused and work hard to achieve great results for our clients.

In my spare time, you’ll find me running around the north side of town, supporting local restaurants and attempting to build on my music knowledge exploring the Melbourne music scene. 

Recent articles by Jodie

Can my child decide which parent they want to live with?

Can my children decide where to live?

A child can’t make the sole decision about where they live and with whom but their view is one of many factors considered by the family law courts.
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Tips for preparing for a successful family law mediation

How do I prepare for a successful family law mediation?

Mediation is a way in which parties can negotiate the terms of their separation outside of court. It's usually more amicable and a more cost-effective way to finalise your family law dispute.
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With artificial insemination, is the sperm donor considered a parent of the child?

Donor Agreements – is the sperm donor a legal parent?

In this blog, we will look at Donor Agreements, parentage and the result of a case involving a sperm donation.
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How are pets treated in family law disputes?

Pets in family law - property or parenting?

For most couples who separate, parenting arrangements and/or property settlements are at the forefront of their mind. But what happens to the family dog, cat or any other pet who was a member of the family unit?
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