Shelley O'Connell Senior Associate
BA (English), LLB (Hons), GDLP

Shelley was admitted to practice in 2005 and practised for several years in regional South Australia.  Shelley joined Clelands in 2013. She is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Since 2009 she has practiced almost exclusively in family law and provides advice and representation in all areas including:

  • Children’s issues
  • De facto matters
  • Complex property settlements
  • Rural property settlements
  • Superannuation splitting
  • Child support
  • Paternity disputes

Shelley understands that clients going through a family breakdown are often experiencing the most difficult time in their lives. She endeavours to strike a balance between being a fierce advocate for her client’s rights, and assisting them to resolve a dispute as peacefully as possible.

Areas of Practice

Family Law



Tax Debts in Family Law

What can happen when a parent dies after separation

Why you need to formalise your property settlement

Risks of failing to comply with financial orders in Family Law

Good News for Transgender Youth

Extreme outcomes in parenting matters

Inheritances after separation

When can you re-open a parenting matter where Final Orders have been made previously?

Registered Relationships in South Australia

Binding Child Support Agreements

Spousal Maintenance in Australia

When can children decide where they live?

Is it a de facto relationship or not?

Parenting Plans

I married money, I'm divorcing a Trust

To record or not record...?

Changes to Pre-nuptial Agreements