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.


Your family is not a divorce statistic. Don’t become one.

“The Good Divorce” by Constance Ahrons.

Here are some ways to build health after separation and divorce and to avoid becoming a statistic about the ill effects of separation:

  • Take care of yourself. Sleep, exercise, diet, friendship and relaxation are all important aspects of your life to take care of so that you reduce the stress of separation.
  • Don’t try to understand everything that went wrong in your relationship. If you can contain these thoughts and not try to resolve them now, you will have more success with that later when you have more time, energy and information.
  • Find a way to stay out of Court. Collaboration is the perfect solution for this in most cases.
  • Give your children a voice. This can be done by working with a child specialist. Your collaborative lawyer will introduce you to a skilled child specialist.

Collaborative divorce professionals have made a commitment to caring for your family during and after separation. They work in ways that are cost effective and future focused.

Check out “The Good Divorce” by Constance Ahrons.

by Marguerite Picard, Family Divorce Lawyer, Melbourne, VIC


After the separation: harmony or harm?

  Separation – Safety Concerns for Parents The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released research about safety concerns for parents after separation. In a study of 7,000 families, the good news is that for 60% of families, a friendly or co-operative parenting relationship was established. For 20% of families there were concerns about emotional abuse after separation, and alarmingly… Read more

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Separated? Is forgiveness the next step?

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… Read more

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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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