Ben Farmer Director
LLB, BA (Juris)


Ben took extended leave in 2015, having travelled the globe with his wife and three children and experienced an incredible variety of cultures, experiences and challenges.  He is often heard around the office, stating "If you think law is hard, try spending every waking hour for a year with 3 young kids." 

Ben was admitted to practice in 1994 and spent his early years in Darwin and Perth prior to joining Clelands in 1997. Ben has been a partner with Clelands since 2002 and specialises in drafting and advising on pre-nuptial agreements, matrimonial property settlement disputes including cases involving complex commercial and corporate structures, de facto relationship matters and complex custody disputes.

Ben also has volunteered his time to mentor final year law students from Flinders University to assist them with queries and questions relating to their transition from students to the workforce.


Areas of Practice

Family Law

Employment Law

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Don't shy away from the hard issues, embrace and overcome them.



A Rare Costs Order in an Unfair Dismissal Claim

Recent Matrimonial Property Settlement Decision

Valuation of Rural Property in Matrimonial Breakdowns

Children having access to their parents' Family Court file

Recent Amendments to the Commonwealth Privacy Act

Child Abduction & the Hague Convention

Pre Nuptial Agreements – Landmark High Court Case Decision

Binding Financial Agreements - Important High Court Case Pending

Preservation of assets in Family Court proceedings

International Relocation of Children

Treatment of future contingent tax liabilities in family law cases

Fair Work Commission review of penalty rates

Use of social media & audio recordings in family law

Interesting Family Law Cases of 2016

The Obligation of a Beneficiary of a Discretionary Trust to make Disclosure of the Trust's financials in Family Law Matters

Setting aside a financial agreement because of changed circumstances relating to children - can it happen??

General protections for employees under the Fair Work Act

The relevance of "Hate" in Parenting Matters before the Family Court

Now I'm Separated Who Pays For What?

Proposed Family Law Act amendments

Separation after 27 years

Everyone's a Winner!!

Treatment of Military Super

Over Capitalisation and Wastage in Family Court Matters

When two worlds collide

Massive debts following marriage separation

A Matter of Trust - Parents Assisting their Children

Is Finality Necessary in Matrimonial Property Settlement Proceedings?

Catch Me If You Can

Til Death Do Us Part - How is your client's or your client's former spouse's health?

Payment of Child Support

Careful what you promise to your kids