The usual method of divorcing leaves the children in a vacuum that echoes through their childhood and effects all their adult relationships...

Jo O'sullivan

One Family Two Homes

I am in the first in this jurisdiction to use a new concept from Canada and excellent practitioner Jacinta Gallant. 

Jacinta carried out research with all her (favourite) clients – yes we have our favourites – to see what would have helped them get the best out of processes that don’t involve court. They all said that they would have liked to have an overview of the whole process but also to think about stuff that would help them cope with the process and work out their priorities. So the workbook has in it the following prompts and thoughts on:

  1. Their aspirations
  2. Their Communication
  3. Trust in each other
  4. What are their values and to prioritise them?
  5. What are their conflict styles?
  6. Work on how to improve communication
  7. An overview of family law and parenting plans
  8. What information do they need to collate and why?
  9. Reflection on and decision making in relation to the children and finances

And more….

I work with the clients through the work book and we can really think about and explore their present and future lives. I keep them safe whilst they work through the workbooks. I offer a fixed fee (for a number of hours to include the workbook) to work with me using this resource in mediation. Without attending court, although the couple will very likely obtain legally binding court orders by consent, the couple will be able sort out their finances and arrangements for their children.  

This is a breakthrough for my clients and for me as a practitioner. I hope to leave them able to work things out in the future too.