Collaborative Practice - Separation without Court
Hello, I’m Marguerite. I’m a Melbourne-based accredited Family Law specialist, a Collaborative Lawyer and a Mediator who specialises in helping couples divorce with respect and dignity.
I am the co-founder of the Melbourne Collaborative Alliance (MCA) where my practice is located. MCA is based on recognizing that separation is more of an emotional crisis than a legal problem. It is a world-first organization which takes care of whole families, facilitates agreements, resolves conflict and fixes the price.
Litigation is not part of my practice, because for many years I saw firsthand the devastation and cost of going to Court, which sometimes includes irreversible damage to family ties and relationships.
I realised that there had to be a better way and found it in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, which is now a well established way to divorce without going to Court.
How does collaboration work?
It's based on the principle of helping people reach the best possible outcome for everyone in the family; it is not about winning, because when one person wins the other person loses, and the whole family suffers from that outcome.
Collaborative Practice sits well with my belief that the best people to make decisions for your family after separation are you and your partner.
I understand that listening to your story is an important first step for you, and it is vital for me to be able to work with you and your spouse in collaboration and mediation, to reduce conflict and find common ground.
You will be supported by me working as part of a small team of skilled professionals who are all doing what they do best to help you.
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