Why we are different……..
The establishment of Melca as an interdisciplinary centre in taking couples is cutting edge and internationally unique. Our mission is to provide advocacy and support for couples and their children, so that every member of a family is cared for, particularly during and after separation.
If you are thinking about separating, or you or your partner has made that decision, Melca offers the support you need. All options are open to you when you work with Melca . You can safely ask for legal information, counselling or financial planning support without any expectation that separation is necessarily going to be the decision you make.
If you have decided to separate, we specialise in collaborative practice which will help you to reach agreements by negotiation - without going to court. Our commitment is to make your settlement and parenting plan as cost-effective and constructive as possible, at a pace that suits your family.
Melca is made up of a group of independent, like-minded professionals who work with families as collaborative lawyers, psychologists and counsellors, financial planners and child specialists. They are here to provide support, including separation support.
What matters to you is what matters to us. We place great importance on our relationship with you. We know that working closely with you is the best way for you to tell us what matters so we can support you to voice your concerns and needs.
The lawyers who work with Melca are independent, and will advocate for you, while understanding that families are systems, and that a win/loss approach damages families. That is much like going to court, and who wants that? We understand that your family will live in two houses, but you remain a family and your settlement negotiations need to be focused on everyone’s best interest.
Our divorce financial planners are also independent and do not continue to work for either of you after a collaboration.
Our psychologists and counsellors and child specialists all have deep experience in working with separating families.
We are all committed to ensuring that you stay out of Court.
We strive for excellence and have a commitment to continued development of our practice, responding and adapting to our client’s experiences and needs.
In collaborating at Melca you will experience a different divorce.
Learn more about Collaborative Practice.