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‘Put Me Back Together, Your Honour’

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’.

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 […]




Divorce Financial Planning – it pays to plan before you leave

DIVORCE FINANCIAL PLANNING – IT PAYS TO PLAN BEFORE YOU LEAVE Financial planning before, during and after separation and divorce is vital to make sure that wealth is not destroyed as part of the splitting up process. Many people think about separation long before they leave and it is good to plan your finances before […]




Sometimes the Family Court System ‘Just Really Sucks’

As published on the My Family Law website: As a family lawyer with quite a few years in the business, and none of the last six in a Court, it is increasingly difficult for me to see why I belong to such a small club.  The ‘Divorce Without Court’ club, that is. There are days […]




Mental Health Week: Managing your mental health during separation

We’re coming to the end of Mental Health Week, with World Mental Health Day upon us tomorrow (10th of the 10th). So the team at MELCA thought it would be beneficial to discuss how divorce can affect your mental health, and most importantly, how you approach your divorce can have a huge impact. Some of […]




Divorcing when kids are young brings special challenges to parents

By guest author Dr. Michelle Gollan There’s never an ideal time to end a marriage, but the devastating pain that is inevitable for the children does impact kids at varying ages in different ways. Ending relationships with the fathers or mothers of their children while the children are still in preschool brings its own unique […]




Tricia Peters: Finalist for AFA Female Excellence in Advice Award

We are very excited to announce that our very own Tricia Peters has been named as one of the finalists for the AFA Female Excellence in Advice award. From a large pool of nominees Australia-wide, Tricia has been shortlisted to one of three finalists who will attend the AFA National Adviser Conference in Cairns late […]




Divorce Selfies: The benefits of a friendly divorce…

It’s the new craze sweeping social media around the world – divorce selfies… Yes, you read it correctly. Gone are the days of announcing your separation through dinner parties or the family Christmas update email. Simply grab your smart phone, turn on “selfie mode”, take a happy snap and upload it to Facebook. This modern […]




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