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Formalising your Financial Settlement

by Michelle McDermott on July 6, 2016

Michelle McDermott

I have had a number of cases recently involving claims being made by a former spouse/partner in circumstances where a financial settlement had been agreed and, indeed, implemented but without it having been properly formalised.

One of the most important pieces of advice I give to clients when they come in for their first meeting, or even when they simply … Read more

Co parenting under the one roof

by Kate Marr on May 15, 2016

Kate Marr

Living separately under the one roof

On 9 September 2015, KIIS 106.5 FM published on their website an article headlined “Affleck and Garner Stay Separated, Living In Same Compound”. The article queried if Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s decision to remain living in the same property compound is ambitious or admirable.

From reading the article, it seems at this stage; … Read more

Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children??

by Peter Magee on May 5, 2016

Peter Magee

While my dramatic heading may have been a ploy to grab your attention (thank YOU Helen Lovejoy of ‘The Simpsons’ fame), now that I have it, I want to draw it to an area that I believe to be of high importance. I’d like to discuss a little about the effect of Family Law proceedings on children, and how parents … Read more

Divorce is Always Good News

by Peter Magee on April 26, 2016

Daniel Rod

One of my favourite comedians, Louis CK does an incredible bit in one of his specials when he discusses his divorce. He said:

“Divorce is always good news. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true because no good marriage has ever ended in divorce. That would be sad. If two people were married and … they just had a Read more

We’ll love each other 4 ever xx

by Natasha Heathcote on April 15, 2016

Natasha Heathcote

These are the words Guy Pearce tweeted after announcing he had parted ways with his wife, Kate Mestitz.

Some of you may think, “How can you still love your spouse after you have separated?” “or “They must not love each other anymore, otherwise they wouldn’t be separating.”

Some couples are able to be mature about their decision to separate and … Read more

School holidays – how to focus on the children

by Amelia Trotman on April 13, 2016

Amelia Trotman

School holidays and special occasions such as Easter and Christmas breaks can be especially difficult following separation.

While most parents believe that they are focusing on the best interests of their children, lines often get blurred in the emotion and the main focus becomes whether they are getting the same amount of time as the other parent, or what is … Read more

Michelle McDermott

Over the years I have noticed an increasing prevalence of children meeting with mental health professionals following their parents’ separation. Sometimes it is because the children ask for help and sometimes it is as a result of one or both parents deciding the children would benefit from such a therapeutic relationship.

What happens, however, if the child’s parents end up … Read more

Kate Marr

If it has come to the point in your relationship whereby you consider that separation from your partner is inevitable then, if there are children of your relationship, it is unavoidable that the decision to separate must be communicated to your children at some stage.

I have been involved in court proceedings where evidence is lead in respect of how … Read more

Divorce Coach: Episode 2 – What’s the Cost

by Peter Magee on February 4, 2016

Daniel Rod

People often ask me: “What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone separating from their spouse?”

Here’s my answer as follows:

Picture a wonderful holiday to Disneyland Florida, Paris or Tokyo. Now picture yourself, your children and picture your new partner – one who you and your children absolutely adore and in turn adores you.

Picture a holiday … Read more

Divorce Coach: Episode 1 – Life begins again.

by Peter Magee on February 1, 2016

Daniel Rod

I often tell my clients in their first consultation with me the following phrase:

“What you’re going through, is awful. I'm not here to sugar coat it for you, but remember you’re at step one of a long journey ahead BUT there is good news, it gets better.”

Separation is hard often gut-wrenchingly difficult, but it doesn’t stay that way. … Read more