Children & Divorce

Looking out for every family member.

Children & Divorce

We know it’s smart to look out for every member of your family, and that includes adult children; your separation affects them too. For younger children, where they are are going to live, how much time they spend with each of you, what sort of separated parents you are going to be, all need to be considered.

For all children, their emotional wellbeing, your relationship with them, your concerns for how their life will change, plus their expenses, all need to be considered. Smart Separation can give you legal advice about ‘custody’ and child support.

We think our close working relationships with child specialist and divorce financial planners just might be more valuable to you though, when it comes to building confidence that your children will be OK and in how they can be financially supported.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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.