Welcome To Smart Separation

Just the thought of separation can be frightening. Apart from the emotional turmoil, it’s hard to know where to start, who to see and which steps to take. That’s where Smart Separation comes in, creating a plan to move you quickly away from anxiety and fear to that space where you feel more confident- using information, wisdom, experience and compassion. Separation makes most people feel confused, angry, scared, or sad. It’s hard to think clearly in that kind of crisis. Or, maybe this isn’t a crisis for you?

 

Maybe you’re feeling relieved and lighter than you’ve felt in ages? You might still need someone to explain the whole system for you, help you prioritise and feel supported with important decisions. Whatever your state of mind, if you’re like most people you could really do with information and reassurance, maybe some myth-busting, and definitely a plan of action.

About Marguerite Picard

It is my passion to challenge traditional thinking about divorce, to see common sense prevail, so that divorce is separated from ‘the law’ and outside of courts. Apart from mediation and collaboration being my daily bread, as a practitioner and a trainer, I aim to change the world. A little. If you are keen to learn more about reaching an amicable settlement, please call 9939 6383 for more information or an appointment.

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How It Works

I can help you step out a plan, and put you in the hands of good and wise professionals to take care of your emotional, financial and legal issues that follow after separation. I offer clear thinking, wisdom and pragmatism. My 30+ years’ experience as a lawyer means I’ve seen the good and the bad of the family law system, so can help you avoid the traps and in almost every case show you how to stay out of Court.

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Breaking Up Without The Earthquake.

Avoid the pitfalls that many people who have gone before you have experienced.

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Can you stay out of court?

Absolutely. Definitely. We never go to Court, and we do divorce and separation work every day. Court is now an old fashioned idea, to be honest. The past hurts, but focusing on the future is the path to recovery from separation. Recovery includes reaching settlement and parenting agreements in a supportive place, not in a theatre of war. We have all the clues on how to do this.

 

I offer clear thinking, wisdom and pragmatism. My 30+ years’ experience as a lawyer means I’ve seen the good and the bad of the family law system, so can help you avoid the traps and in almost every case show you how to stay out of Court. I’m an accredited specialist in family law, with extensive experience as a collaborative practitioner and mediator. If you need it, I have a trusted network of psychologists, child psychologists, financial planners, accountants, collaborative lawyers, litigation lawyers (sometimes people really need one), mediators, property and business valuers, property advocates for buying or selling, mortgage brokers, estate agents, business advisors and superannuation experts.

 

Everyone’s needs are different, but they’re sorted with the same things – the right information from the right people at the right time.

Honesty & Integrity

Because I am a consultant, my advice is objective.

Experienced Advice

Compassion and experience, insights, and practical wisdom.

Legal Knowledge

Honest, hard-headed legal advice when it’s needed.