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.


Forced Marriage in Australia: Add your voice to the discussion

What measures do you think should be taken in Australia to prevent forced marriages?

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 seeking public comment about measures to prevent forced marriages. Such measures might include the creation of specific new offences, and waysof preventing victims leaving Australia.

To read more, go to:…/Consultationsreformsandreviews_ConsultationonForcedandServileMarriage


by Marguerite Picard, Family Divorce Lawyer, Melbourne, VIC

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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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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