Smart Separation

About Your Consultation

We have created a very simple, step by step process that your advisor will gently guide you through.

About Your Consultation

Your 60-minute consultation meeting is a planning and advice session. You will be in the hands of a deeply experienced Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer who has been working with separating couples and their children for 30+ years. You will be met with compassion, kindness and without judgement. Your situation is unique, and whether or not you have ever experienced this before, know that we do this every day. Our experience will bring you clarity.

The outcome of your consultation is to help you shake off your confusion and fears. It is your opportunity to talk confidentially about what you are going through. You can ask all and any questions you have about separation, divorce, child support, parenting, spousal maintenance, property settlements, superannuation splitting, going to court, staying out of court, having an amicable divorce, mediation. We are happy to answer all of your questions.

Throughout the process, your advisor will be documenting and making appropriate notes on what legal advice you require, what referral partners you need to connect with as well as time-lines for each action which will form your Step-by-Step action plan that you will be emailed after the session has concluded.

The $550 fee for your consultation will be billed after you receive your Action Plan.

Our Process

We have created a very simple, step by step process that your advisor will gently guide you through. The following are the steps that you will take during your consultation.
To Date
This will help us to get to know you and give us a clear picture of what you are wanting and needing, including your ideal outcome.
Do you feel ready
We will look at how you are doing, emotionally, so we can plan your next steps
Your anxieties
We will answer your questions and give you clear legal advice about the things that are worrying you, or refer you to the right person to help with non-legal anxieties
What is most important to you:
We will help you work out the priorities, and focus our advice on what matters most to you.
Looking at what you’re struggling to let go
We will help you work out what you need to ‘park’ for now, so you can get on with what you need to do first
Identifying the issues, you have to deal with
We will clarify your issues and problems, and help you see clearly what you need to deal with now, what can wait, and how you can go about addressing each issue
Immediate impact on your business and cash flow
Talking business is part of what we do. We will clarify your rights and obligations, and make sure you have the necessary commercial advice
Summarising legal information and advice
You will be informed about what the law has to say, so you know what you and your spouse must both do or not
Options for reaching your settlement
You will be given a recommendation of the best process for your situation, such as mediation, collaboration, negotiations, litigation, and how to talk to your spouse about that

After Your Consultation

The next step in our simple process is for us, your advisors to collate all of the information gathered during the session. This will be compiled in a simple and easy to understand Action Plan along with agreed introductions to any advisors we recommend who will assist and support you on your separation journey.

You will leave Smart Separation with a roadmap about the smartest and kindest ways to go about your separation, knowing that in almost every case people can stay out of court and away from heated negotiations.

The $550 fee for your consultation will be billed after you receive your Action Plan.

Every three months after our meeting, or as frequently as needed, you will be booked in for a check-up for ongoing support and advice.

Your action plan
Your plan is the written outcome of your consultation, and it will be emailed to you as a clear written document, and will include the agreed introductions to any other advisor
These will follow quarterly or as agreed, so that guidance about the positives and the pitfalls stays with you
See an example of your meeting summary and action plan