Marguerite Picard Blog

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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.


Caught in the Crossfire: Divided Lives

“Divided lives”– by Christine Jackman

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 in shared care arrangements, four years after mediation, reported significantly higher levels of conflict between their parents, and these arrangements were associated with “greater difficulties in attention, concentration, and task completion by the fourth year”.

To many of us who work with families after separation, these findings are not surprising.

Avoiding the escalation of conflict, and helping parents to focus more on their children than on their own dispute, is the starting point. I think interdisciplinary teams have the highest possibility of achieving this shift.

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by Marguerite Picard, Divorce and Family Lawyer

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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Dreams and Interdisciplinary Teams

Collaborative family law conference On my recent trip to Washington, for a conference on collaborative family law, I stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the site of Martin Luther King ‘I have a Dream’ speech. His dream of racial equality, of unity and his belief that “We cannot walk alone” ensured the passing of civil rights laws… Read more

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Divorce and Separation can be Collaborative Friendly and Amicable Hello and welcome to my website and blog about a whole lot of things. I am very pleased to meet you and hope that you gain some information about Collaborative Practice, the way I work and my professional thoughts and opinions. Collaborative Practice in the area of divorce law covers many… Read more

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