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How do you rescue the survivor?

Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.Samuel Johnson Sitting in the waiting room of my doctor this morning, I was listening to a lady talk about her Estate Planning. She was telling the girls at the reception desk about Advanced Health Directives. I chimed in to assist, but she was holding the…

Why you really need to get your Will done. Like… now!

The strange thing about Wills is that everyone kind of, sort of, knows that they should probably have one. It’s one of those responsible adult things we all plan to do, and… sometimes… we don’t get around to it. Many times, we don’t. I didn’t. Then I did. Then I realised that things had changed…

Why family law is a good thing.

You didn’t expect to read that. No one like family law. Not even family lawyers. Right? So, instead of listing off the things that frustrate me about Australia’s current family law system, let me put it to you in another way. Let us, instead, imagine an Australia with… no family law. No legislation. No courts.…

What if we hate each other too much to mediate?

I won’t lie. I don’t think mediation even so much as crossed my mind when I separated. Which makes me think – aside from those parents who are made to complete family dispute resolution before they go to court (it’s compulsory for most families), why would anyone think that their matter is suitable to be…

We’ve split up. Now what?

I was lucky that, when I went through my own divorce, I was in the midst of completing my law degree and had access to resources that gave me a vague idea of what I needed to do to settle my matter. I mean, I was wrong, and an initial consult with a family lawyer…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – arming yourself for a showdown

I hate conflict. That’s why I do this. But sometimes, it is inevitable. Indeed, if not for conflict, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. You can imagine family dispute resolution sessions however you like. One suggestion, though, is to imagine duelling cowboys. I like this analogy for two reasons. Firstly, unlike many other hero/villain…


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