Full Name: Dorothy Kovacs
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Date of Admission: 3 Apr 1986
Called to the Bar: 26 Nov 1987
Accredited as Mediator: 3 Jul 1997
Advanced Mediator: 14 Sep 2006
Qualifications: LLB (Melb), LLM (Monash), Ph D (Monash)
Previous Occupation: Associate Professor of Law - Monash University; Solicitor



Dorothy Kovacs signed the Bar roll in November 1987. She practises principally in the areas of Family Law/De Facto and equity and trusts and in matters involving deceased estates. She also takes briefs in bankruptcy and insolvency matters.She practices in the Family Court as well as the County Court and Supreme Court. For many years Dorothy held an appointment at the Law Faculty at Monash University where she was an Associate Professor of Law. She has an extensive record of publications which include two books, Family Property Proceedings in Australia, Butterworths 1992 and De Facto Property Proceedings in Australia, Butterworths 1998. She has numerous refereed publications in journals including the Australian Law Journal, the Monash Law Review, the Melbourne University Law Review and the Australian Journal of Family Law. They cover many topics including matrimonial property, the law of trusts,the law relating to defacto cohabitants and the third party jurisdiction of the Family Court, Testators family maintenance and deceased estates, proceedings in relation to children and cross-vesting of jurisdiction issues. She has contributed several chapters in books and published on numerous occasions in the Law Institute Journal on current matters pertaining to legal practice. Dorothy has made submissions to law reform bodies on topics including the reform of Family Law, reform of the law of domestic partners and on the law pertaining to medically assisted conception. She has presented many conference papers including at Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the Law Institute of Victoria, the Leo Cussen Institute, BLEC, and Lexis Nexis. She received the Rogers Legal Writing Award for best original contribution to the Law Institute Journal for 1994. Victorian Bar Committee Memberships Applications Review Committee

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Property & Probate

Equity & Trusts

  • Family Provision
  • Wills & Probate

Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Parenting Orders
  • Property Disputes

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Constitutional Law

Also Entitled to Practice in

  • All Australian States and Jurisdictions
From 1 Jul 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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