Divorce Advice, Mediation & Articles
This blog is a free resource for you with the aim to educate and express opinions about collaborative family law, divorce, separation and child custody. All articles are informative and are up to date with current practices to the best of my knowledge. Please enjoy reading each article and take care of yourself. – Marguerite.
“Lawyers as Peacemakers”? Hmm. Is that in the science fiction section? No, but I can see why you’d be asking your Divorce lawyer that question. I was talking to someone about J Kim Wright’s book “Lawyers as Peacemakers”, when this question was asked.
Divorce advice from “Experts”. Knowing when to pass. Separation and Divorce happen every day to many families. Maybe because it is a life crisis that so many people face, family and friends often think they have helpful advice for you. Sometimes that’s true, but very often it is not.
Getting divorced? “Get a proper lawyer, my friends said”. I agree with your friends! Definitely get a proper lawyer.
“Do you want to look a gift horse in the mouth, or do you want to spit right in its face?” to quote his honour.01.25.2019
“Do you want to look a gift horse in the mouth, or do you want to spit right in its face?” to quote his honour. How would you feel if a judge in a family court said that to you? Put yourself in Anna’s shoes.
Divorce: Who owns the kids? Jean Paul Getty the third was a sixteen year old kid when he was kidnapped. His Grandpa refused to pay a ransom because he had other grand kids and didn’t want to potentially have to pay ransoms for them too.
“Who do you believe about what is a fair property settlement?”
Henry says this was one of the hardest things he had to decide when he got divorced. He got lots of advice, as you probably have too, if you’ve been separated.
Maybe you’ve spent years feeling torn with indecision about your marriage? Unsure about whether to stay or go?
Meet Sarah and Peter who both felt that way. They had been married for twenty six years. They had three children, and the older two had left school and were making their own way in the world.
Family Courts: If their decisions are inevitable why go there, if their decisions are unpredictable, why go there?01.23.2017
One of the favourite hobbies of family lawyers is to discuss their court cases, and nothing makes for more excitement than when the Court ‘gets it wrong’. Unsurprisingly, one lawyer or the other often thinks that the court ‘got it wrong’, and there are unpredictable cases when the court does get it wrong.
If you are separating, you and your ex will make the decisions about your children. But if your children were able to make the decisions or the rules, this is what they would like you to know:
Every so often I’m reminded why the child support formula is a really bad idea for some families. This week was one of those weeks, when I encountered two distressing family stories:
In both of these families, the father earns very significant amounts of money. Very. In both cases the conflict between the parents is off the scale.
Since you’ve read past the headline, maybe you’d like to? Have you ever thought? Why are the lawyers making this so complicated? OMG this is costing me a fortune; My lawyer never returns my calls; I’m terrified to ring my lawyer because of the cost; My lawyers letters are full of mumbo jumbo
Most people don’t want to separate and divorce, even if they want their relationship to end. Separation and everything that follows is a time most people would like to wake up and find is over. Getting through it is all you can do, but there are some helpful things to think about.
Its always nice to read good news stories about divorce, especially about parents collaborating with each other as parents. Call it conscious un-coupling, co-operation or whatever name you like, but parents who can put aside their own conflict, and their sadness and grief about the end of their marriage, do well by their children.
Separation and Divorce has family Consequences Separation and Divorce usually have significant financial consequences for couples and their children. There needs to be discussion about the cost of running two households, supporting children at their current standard of living, housing options and retirement planning.
Are Australian couples doing better at staying together? The answer is that we don’t really know.
The number of divorces in Australia is falling, but we know that the marriage rate is also falling, so it follows that the raw numbers of divorces would also fall.