If there’s one thing I learned as a family lawyer its this – every separation is different.  This applies both to what the end result of the separation looks like (ie. what do we both end up with at the end) and what the process of the separation looks like (ie. how do we get to the end result, whatever that may be).
Of course it’s to be expected that the primary focus for separating couples is often that end result – how much money am I going to end up with at the end of all of this?  How much time will I spend with my kids?  Will I be able to keep the house?   However, in my opinion it’s equally important (if not, at the early stages at least, more important) to focus on what the process of getting that end result will look like.
That’s why FGD Melbourne has paired up with Melbourne Family Relationship Centre to offer free monthly seminars about the process of separating.  The seminars focus on the various options available to separating couples, the differences between them, when/how each of them might be best applied and some handy tips and hints.  For example, what’s the difference between mediation and collaboration, and litigation and lawyer based negotiations?  I don’t want to go to court, but I also don’t want to negotiate directly with my ex.  What are my options?  What happens if I go to Court?  How can my ex and I determine what’s relevant and what’s irrelevant.
After a successful launch we’ve two more seminars planned for this year, on 25 November and 9 December.  All going well, we hope to continue offering these free seminars next year too so stay tuned for further dates in 2015.
We hope to see you there.
Leila Kirsch