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.


Dreams and Interdisciplinary Teams

Martin Luther King ‘I have a Dream’

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 in the United States and won King a Nobel Peace Prize. It has remained since 1963 the most renowned speech in American history. It continues to inspire.

Collaborative Family Law Professionals from around the world gathered in Washington for the 11th Annual Forum in late October 2010. My colleague Tricia Peters and I were privileged to be the first Australians to present a paper at that Forum. We spoke about working in interdisciplinary teams as best practice in resolving issues after divorce and separation. We also spoke about our fixed price fees for families, and other cutting edge developments at the Melbourne Collaborative Alliance, located in Hawthorn East, Victoria.


Psychologists, Child Specialists and Financial Planners in Divorce

It has been my dream to work in interdisciplinary teams with psychologists, child specialists and financial planners in my work as a Mediator and Collaborative lawyer.

I have had the good fortune to fulfill my dream of bringing interdisciplinary team practice in collaborative family divorce and separartion to Australia, by creating the Melbourne Collaborative Alliance with my colleagues Tricia Peters, Financial Planner and Dr. Tina Sinclair, Psychologist. Check out for more information about the work of the Alliance.

Working in interdisciplinary teams confirms for me that separation is an emotional problem with legal consequences and not the other way around. It confirms my deep belief that as lawyers we “Cannot walk alone” if we are to provide parents and children with their best outcomes after separation, and couples with their best pre-nuptial agreements.

by Marguerite Picard, Collaborative Family Divorce Lawyer and Accredited Family Specialist.


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