Separation Settlement

Keeping it civilised.

Settlement: Keeping it civilised

Our ebook has lots of information about the ways you can reach your necessary legal agreements. We encourage you to read that before we meet, but know that this is such an important discussion it is one of our high priorities.

We want to be sure you find the best option for you. We’ve tried them all, and that’s why we love to talk about collaborative practice, mediation and doing what it takes to stay away from court. We encourage you to remember that most lawyers will tell you “I settle all my cases”, but its only here that you’ll learn what that really means. And it doesn’t mean low cost or low conflict!

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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.