Family mediators- what to expect?

Are you unsure of what to expect when you engage a family mediator to assist with a family dispute? Are you confused by the differing descriptions of facilitators as Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners and/or Nationally Accredited Mediators? What does it mean to be a professional mediator? Join me for the next instalment of our Conversation…

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Dealing with the presence of danger

Join me for our next Conversation Series when I will talk about this fascinating topic with experienced family lawyer Paul Roberts. We will base our discussion on the book by Gavin De Becker “The Gift of Fear”. Gavin De Becker is a personal security expert and behavioural consultant who deals in his book with the…

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Giving children a voice in parenting disputes

This month with our Conversation Series we will be exploring how to bring children into family disputes by giving them a voice in the decision-making process. Join me at 8.00 am on Tuesday 25 September when I will be discussing this vital and fascinating topic with my guest Con Economou. Con has a long history…

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Supports for Separating Families

Join me and my special guest Melinda Nutting to discuss what supports are available for separating families and how these can be accessed and implemented to ensure best possible outcomes. Melinda is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Child-Inclusive Practitioner, Certificate of Holistic Counselling, Grad Dip Teaching (Primary), Certificate Rudolf Steiner Education. I am very pleased…

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Conversation Series- The benefits of Parenting Plans

I join with Ena Shaw for this episode of our Conversation Series responding to the recent energy regarding  the benefits of Parenting Plans. Issues covered include: what is a parenting plan, when an agreement should be converted into a parenting plan, the main features including enforceability, impact on Court Orders and flexibility.

Conversation Series- Social Science for Family Lawyers

The role of the family lawyer is unique. To assist separated families, it is crucial to have an understanding of the context of any presenting disputes, including the impact of the separation on the parties and children, and the age and stage of development of the children. This influences how we deal with our clients,…

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Conversation Series- Insights into child support

The technicalities and constant changes in the world of child support, make this an extremely difficult area for family lawyers. Join me and Jill Raby to discuss what it is that we need to know to be able to advise our clients, and deal with the issues that are likely to arise. Learn about the…

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What techniques or behaviours by a mediator will assist parties reach resolution or will increase the difficulties of achieving a settlement?

Join me and a panel of experienced mediators across a spectrum of fields including family, commercial, workplace and franchising to discuss techniques and behaviours of mediators that can positively or negatively affect the resolution of disputes. Questions will be put to the panel based on an American Bar Association report and a survey conducted in Australia to…

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Free Information Session

Separating? This session will give you information about what decisions you will need to make and how best to make them! When–Wednesday 12 July at 12.00 noon to 1.30 pm and from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm. How–Book at Or contact us at 0419104494 What–You will learn about Yourself The separation and grieving process…

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Conversation Series 6- Dealing with Difficult Lawyers

Join me and my special guest Sue Macgregor when we discuss the generally ignored topic of “How to deal with difficult lawyers”. Sue and I have both been in practice for more than 30 years, and a spirited and fascinating discussion we had recently, convinced me that this is a conversation that needs to take…

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