Adiva Sifris

Adj Assoc Prof


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Dr Adiva Sifris is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa and Monash University Australia. She is admitted to practise in South Africa, the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. After practising as a family lawyer in South Africa and Australia, Dr Sifris moved to academia at Monash University where she teaches family law.

Areas of Expertise

Dr Sifris is the author of Children and the Lesbian Homo-nuclear Family: A challenge for Australian family law in the new millennium, she is co author of Family Law in Australia and co-editor of Current Trends in Same-sex Relationships. She has written widely in the area of family law, both in relation to children and property, with a particular focus on de facto relationships, same-sex parenting and family violence.

She was one of the chief investigators on the team that conducted research into family violence during and after (parental) relationship breakdown. This report was explicitly acknowledged in The Explanatory Memorandum to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010' which has since been passed into legislation. Dr Sifris is currently working on research papers in the areas of open justice in the family courts, surrogacy. and the mental health of law students .

Monash teaching commitment

LAW 4177 Introduction to family law 406 SUM/T1

LAW 5409 Principles of family law SEM1/T3

Research interests


Family Law

Legal Education

Property Law

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Family Law
  • Defacto Relationship Law
  • Property Law

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