Over the last 10 years in practice as a family lawyer, I have heard many things said about the way financial settlements are decided. It is clear there are more than a few misconceptions hanging around.. here are 5 of the most common ideas: 1. It’s … [Read more...] about Financial settlement. A snapshot.
Divorce Is Not A Scary Word
When you want to maintain an amicable, respectful and dignified separation, consider these tips for communicating with your ex after separation. Pause. Pause on pressing send. Pause on pressing enter. Just.. pause. Is the message or the email you … [Read more...] about If you can’t be nice, be silent.
Later this year, I will be celebrating my 10th anniversary as a lawyer.. it's hard to believe I have been doing this for almost a decade. But this month, I celebrate 2 years of having “Sweetlove Family Law”. It feels like a wonderful milestone to … [Read more...] about Being a lawyer is both an honour and a privilege.
If you read the 2017/2018 Budget – or any news reports about the Budget once it was released - you may have noticed that “single-parent households will be subjected to closer scrutiny [by Centrelink] to verify their relationship status”. In … [Read more...] about What is a de facto relationship?
Why am I telling you this? If you have been reading my ramblings and writing for awhile, or following me on Facebook, you might know I have three children. They are 4, 2 and 1. And like the experience of so many parents I speak to, my children fill me … [Read more...] about I am a family lawyer, not a speech pathologist.
I nearly always speak with the client first by phone before making an appointment. I want to understand a bit about their circumstances and some of the issues they are facing in their separation. I want to have some degree of confidence I will be … [Read more...] about How do you choose the family lawyer who is right for you?
The joys of being a working parent.. we have had a super fun day celebrating my daughter's 4th birthday today. A month ago full of great intentions, I asked what sort of cake she would like.. she said a rainbow unicorn. I thought (foolishly) - … [Read more...] about Mother guilt. Parent guilt. Life guilt. Choose acceptance instead.
It may seem absurd to consider whether a separation or divorce can be "good". It is rarely a good thing. It is often a period filled with sadness, uncertainty and a myriad of other emotions. However, you might consider that a "bad" divorce is one where … [Read more...] about Six choices you can make that will help you have a healthy divorce.