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.


Divorce: Do I need a lawyer? Answer below.

The Melbourne Collaborate Alliance could help

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 your case more complicated than it needs to be?

Sometimes these things are true. But, they need never be.

Taking cases to Court, or negotiating settlements with the threat of Court in the background is now old thinking. That is because litigation is expensive, you are likely to lose control of your case and it will become more complex because Court processes are played by set rules.

Engaging with a Collaborative divorce lawyer will be a completely different experience.

With a Collaborative divorce lawyer, you will never go to Court, you will work alongside your lawyer as part of a team, and you will have control of your case.

You and your spouse will negotiate about the things that matter to you. There is help available from Financial Planners, Child Specialists and psychologists/counsellors who team up with you and your lawyer.

Collaborative Practice is not about winning. It is about achieving the best for all the family.

If you want a Good Divorce, a Fixed Price DivorceFinancial Planning after Divorce, have concerns about Separation and your Children and about good communication with your spouse, Melbourne Collaborative Alliance is where your kind of lawyer can be found.

(Answer: probably, but not the kind of lawyer you have heard about)

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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Separation and Your Family: Moving from the past to the future

The definition of “family” is complex today, and “family” means different things to different people. This change has happened over time. That “family” is  a cornerstone in the lives of Australians has not changed over time.   What Happens Today During A Permanent Family Separation? Parents and adults in families going through separation express anguish and deep concern about how… Read more

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Tiger Woods Collaborative Divorce

  Collaborative Divorce What Is It? Amicable or friendly Divorce This high profile divorce was not a good news story, but Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren decided to work with an interdisciplinary team in a collaborative divorce. That is a good news story. My family law and mediation practice is established around working in interdisciplinary teams. I celebrate… Read more

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