Marguerite Picard Blog

Hi and welcome to my blog.

This blog is a free resource for you with the aim to educate and express opinions about collaborative family law, divorce, separation and child custody. All articles are informative and are up to date with current practices. Please enjoy reading and take care of yourself. - Marguerite.


Separated? Is forgiveness the next step?

The secret is often forgiveness

Advice for the Recent Divorcee

Does the idea of letting go the pain of separation and divorce appeal to you? One of the most helpful steps you can take to let go of anger, sorrow and tension is to forgive your former partner.

The secret of forgiveness is that it is all about you, and not about the person you are forgiving. To forgive does not mean that you accept that past misbehaviour was OK, but it allows you to let go of your anger. Lack of forgiveness is punishing you and not your former partner.

Focusing on the lessons you have learned from the past, and how that has made you stronger or a better person can be a way of giving yourself permission to forgive your ex.

Challenging idea? Counsellors and therapists can help you with this, so you can focus on forgiveness and grow that part of you.

by Marguerite Picard, Family Divorce Lawyer, Melbourne, VIC

Child Support: Cooling the conversation

Relationship breakdown is never easy. Working out the best way to provide financial support for children after separation seems to be even harder in many families. It creates hot disputes and continues or creates ill-feeling between parents. The existence of a formula in the Child Support Assessment Act has not been a  solution. It can be helpful to remember: Child… Read more

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Divorce: Do I need a lawyer? Answer below.

Maybe you ask this question because you have a perception about what it means to engage a lawyer? And quite likely this is negative perception. You may be thinking that if you see a lawyer you will have to pay unreasonably large sums of money, that you will lose control of your own case, and that the lawyer will make… Read more

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Rights of Children in Detention

Last week, Sister Brigid Arthur took the cause of four children held in detention to the High Court of Australia. Sadly, the children, Sister Brigid and all Australians lost on Thursday 20th January when the Court decided that the continued detention of the children was lawful under the Migration Act. The Court’s decision was made against an acknowledgement that detention… Read more

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Forced Marriage in Australia: Add your voice to the discussion

It would come as a surprise to most of us that there is no specific law preventing the arrangement of forced marriages in Australia. We do have laws preventing human trafficking and kidnap, but these may not prevent forced marriages being arranged in Australia and taking place in other countries. The Australian Government has released a discussion paper and is… Read more

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Caught in the Crossfire: Divided Lives

The article “Divided Lives” by Christine Jackman in the Weekend Australian magazine 27-28 November 2010 pp 16-21, makes compelling reading. It quotes Dr. Jennifer McIntosh in relation to the report by McIntosh, Smyth, Kelahar, Wells and Long, delivered to the Attorney General in May 2010 about shared care arrangements in high-conflict families. The conclusion of the report was that children… Read more

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