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Are you thinking about separating? Perhaps you're already separated? Or maybe you know someone who is going through a separation?

If you’re like most people who are separating, you want a fair financial settlement, you want to know about legal rights, and you want to ensure that your children are supported both financially and emotionally. And most likely, you want to stay out of court.

MELCA is unique. It is not a law firm, but a practice built on care and competence. We are experts in managing wealth, working with families as a whole, and ensuring that your privacy is kept at all times. We provide a complete personalised approach to separation...without court.

We will help you to discuss your finances, living arrangements for your children, living expenses and we will introduce you to a collaborative lawyer to get you to legal sign off on your agreements. stress That is what we specialise in doing, and doing so amicably. We understand that divorce is an emotional issue with legal and financial consequences - not the other way around.

A MELCA collaborative divorce is a win for everyone in the family. If you go to court or negotiate with lawyers ‘in the shadow of the court’, you are both aiming to win everything you can - but the flip-side is losing. We think your family can do much better than that. We know your children can do much better than that. The MELCA Method keeps them in the centre and out of the middle.

The collaborative lawyers on the MELCA panel can cover all aspects of family law and separation, including pre-nuptial agreements, binding financial agreements, child support, child custody and superannuation and property division. Your settlement is written up in documents that have the same legal standing as agreements reached in any other negotiation or court process.

Have a look through the website, or phone one of our friendly office staff on (03) 9078 6980.

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Divorce without court


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Our Articles

  • ‘Put Me Back Together, Your Honour’

    23 Apr 2016

    Have you ever been through a court battle? If you have, and it felt like being put through a shredder, you are not alone. And you’re not alone in wishing it was somebody’s job to put you back together again after it was all over. Certainly, you will have found that there was no such […]

  • Calling a Truce in the ‘Kid Wars’.

    24 Mar 2016

    Advice, advice! There is a lot of it for separating parents, and it can sound very critical of parents. We acknowledge that separation is rarely a smooth ride, for parents or children, and most parents are doing their best. Sometimes that ‘best’ doesn’t look great to an outsider, and to be honest, sometimes not to […]

  • The world is divided into people who think they are right, and they help make lawyers rich

    1 Jan 2016

    What is the first thing you want to be told when you are complaining about a person or a situation? ‘You’re right’. Right? Divorce is no different. At a time when you feel scared and angry, the hardest thing to do is to pause. The easiest thing to do is to rush headlong into battle; […]

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