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Hawthorn Family Lawyer Divorce Separation Mediation 9078 6980

Australia’s foremost family divorce lawyer with a practice in the Hawthorn area. Accredited specialist family lawyer in divorce mediation and amicable divorce procedures.
Call for an appointment on 9078 6980 we operate using a fixed fee divorce service.

At Marguerite Picard Family Law we assist couples who are considering separation. Helping those who have decided to separate or divorce to so in as friendly a manner as possible, without going to Court. My position is to facilitate agreements knowing that each individual needs different kinds of support during separation.

We work in collaborative divorce practice and with mediation a large part of our practice. The kind of lawyer you choose will have a big effect on your emotional and financial well being.
Like most separating couples, you will need some help to discuss your finances, living arrangements for your children, the living expenses of both households and to get legal sign-off on your agreements.
These agreements are my specialty and we achieve these outcomes amicably. Often, I work with psychologists and counsellors as well as financial planners to help you reach the best agreements possible, by integrating appropriate advice as part of settlement negotiations.


Child Custody When Parents Don’t Communicate

A recent decision of the Family Court decided that it was not in the best interests of a child for her parents to have joint responsibility for reaching decisions about major long-term issues with respect to the child. The decision that parents do not share responsibility for a child goes against the usual presumption, but is not entirely unusual. In cases where a court is satisfied that parents ‘just cannot and will not be able to’ jointly make decisions for their child or children, sole parental responsibility will be conferred on one parent or the other.

Divorce and Separation | Best Done Cooperatively

Marguerite Picard, Family Lawyer who believes wholly in this process of Collaborative Divorce. I hope you read the following article if you are considering divorce and are open to this new team based separation process.
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by Tara Eisenhard~
Throughout a marriage, couples make a multitude of decisions. They determine where and when to hold their commitment ceremony. They decide where to live and how to decorate their home. They make choices about meals, household chores, major purchases and the names of their children. The process isn’t always easy. Sometimes conclusions take months to reach. But, for the most part, couples make these important decisions together.

What Type of Divorce Lawyer To Choose For An Amicable Divorce

Choose a Collaborative Divorce | Do You Know What to Look For?
Collaborative divorce lawyers offer a new amicable approach to resolving the issues in a relationship breakdown. Collaborative divorce law practice is based on the principle of aiding you and your partner to reach the best possible outcome for everyone in the family; it is not about ‘winning’.
In a collaboration, both you and your spouse, with your independent lawyers, a psychologist and a financial adviser work together to find agreed solutions to whatever financial or child-related issues and concerns you have, without involving the Court.
This collaborative team approach means that each of the professionals is doing what they do best, and your whole family benefits from that.
Collaboration acknowledges that the best people to make decisions for your family after separation are you and your partner, and recognises that you are likely to need help with that.

Divorce Lawyer and Child Specialist Integration

Children Helping Their Transition in Divorce with a Child Specialist
Divorce will end your marriage but your children will always be your main concern. Paramount for your children is that you know how to speak to them about the divorce.
You need to plan around about child support, education and activities for your children. There are also parent responsibility issues, shared care, extended family and friends to consider.
As an experienced family divorce lawyer, I recommend the integration of a child specialist, who will assist you to manage divorce.