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Kate Rafton


Accredited Specialist – Family Law and Children’s Law

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Kate Rafton is the Principal of Rafton Family Lawyers.

Kate has focussed on the field of family law since her admission as a solicitor, and has worked for law firms in both Penrith and Parramatta.  Before establishing her own practice, Kate was a Partner with a well-known family law firm in the region and gained significant experience dealing with the full range of family-law issues.

In 2007 Kate became a NSW Law Society accredited specialist in family law, making her one of the very few female accredited specialists in the Hawkesbury region. In 2009 she also became an accredited specialist in children’s law.

Kate lives in the Hawkesbury area with her two children.  She is committed to helping the local community and providing the best possible service in the area.  Her approach is to treat clients as people first and to understand their individual problems and needs, allowing her to obtain the best possible results for them in a family law matter.

In addition to her legal qualifications, Kate also has a nursing degree and a background in health and management.  Throughout her legal career she has maintained a strong association with the Western Sydney Area Health Service and her experience dealing with patients in crisis gives her a deeper insight into dealing with the trauma and emotional upheaval that can accompany family breakdown.



  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
  • Grad Dip in Legal Practice
  • Grad Cert in Health Management
  • Masters in Nursing (Critical Care)
  • Accredited Specialist – Family Law
  • Accredited Specialist – Children’s Law



  • Law Society of NSW
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • NSW Young Lawyers Family Law Committee
  • Women Lawyers NSW
  • Management Committee, Hawkesbury
  • Community Legal Centre
  • Women on Boards
  • NSW Nurses Association
  • Australian College of Critical Care Nurses