The Honourable Stephen Thackray



Stephen Thackray is a family law mediator with over 40 years’ experience working with families in conflict. During his judicial career, Stephen led the Australian Family Law Appeal Court, was Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia and acted as Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.

Having always believed that the solution to family law disputes cannot be provided by the law alone, Stephen pioneered innovative programs involving social scientists working alongside judges to resolve issues facing modern families. Stephen is proud to be one of only two lawyers to be made an Honorary Member of Family Relationship Services Australia, the peak organisation representing agencies providing non-legal family law services.

Following his resignation from the Court, Stephen commenced a national practice as a family law mediator. He brings to this new stage of his career legal and personal skills developed during a professional lifetime of working with families. His vast experience, empathy and interpersonal skills help clients relax and focus on achieving acceptable outcomes for all parties involved. He is regularly engaged as a mediator throughout Australia.

Stephen is excited to join RelationSpace, where he works alongside leading clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Boland to assist parents to resolve issues while strengthening their parenting capacity. This unique collaboration allows Stephen to pursue his passion of providing good outcomes for children by helping parents avoid prolonged court proceedings.