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Collaboartive Practice – Why I chose to stop litigating and embraced divorce done differently

Written by Shelby Timmins of Divorce Done Differently for Australian Family Lawyer April 2017

A relationship breakdown is undeniably difficult. It has been described by some as ‘the most emotionally and financially challenging time of their lives’ or ‘like walking around with no end in sight, no hope’.

After 18 years as a family lawyer, where much of my time was spent strategising about how to get one over my opponent, locking horns with colleagues who were similarly attempting to get one over me and only to be told as I stepped inside the Family or Federal Circuit Court, by an overworked Judge, ‘Sorry Mrs Timmins I have 20 matters in the list today. I don’t think we are going to get to your matter. I suggest you step outside and try to have some sensible discussions with the other side’. I had a light bulb moment. I realised that there had to be a better way to resolve family law disputes.

Read the full article from Australian Family Lawyer April 2017.

May 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Some interesting matters – two recent Collaborative Cases

shutterstock_99499103-largeThere have been many interesting collaborative law cases that have been untaken this year by many different practitioners. Here are two which may be of interest:

Case Study 1 – Finalised in only two meetings

Professionals sometimes assume that in order for matters to be completed in a collaborative process they should be complex or will require multiple meetings.  One matter was completed in two meetings.  The parties had no children but had a shared loved for their very well-cared for dog.  The wife was the financially savvy person in the relationship.

The pool was in excess of $1.5 million dollars and included real properties, businesses, share portfolios, trusts and a self-managed super fund.  The parties were able to focus on their ongoing relationship, agree in the interim regarding removing the wife as the book keeper from the husband’s business in a way that was not detrimental to that business and more importantly ensure that their beloved pet continued to see them both. (more…)

December 5th, 2016|E-News|

QCL’s achievements and inroads for 2016

shutterstock_20229160-largeCollaborative Training
Throughout the year, basic collaborative courses were run in Townsville, Northern New South Wales and two in Brisbane with a total of approximately 70 new practitioners trained which is fabulous growth in one year.

In February, we had the Canadian collaborative guru, Victoria Smith, once again come and provide two days of advanced training. This was a tremendous success.

Mediation Conference
Collaborative practice also made a big showing at the 2016 National Mediation Conference.

Four sessions focussed on collaborative topics including our Dr Anne Purcell, Cassandra Pullos and John Thynne and QCL were also sponsors of the conference and manned a booth for the three days with members to Spread the Word. (more…)

December 5th, 2016|E-News|

Collaborative law the key to family law success

If it can manage to overcome entrenched mindsets within the profession and gain more awareness with the public, collaborative law will be the way of the future for family law in Australia, according to a family law specialist based in Queensland.

Hetherington Legal principal Jennifer Hetherington (pictured) recently attended the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals’ annual educational forum in America, which brought together like-minded lawyers from around the world to further develop their skills in reducing conflict in divorces.  (Read more)

November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

New president for Queensland Collaborative Law

New QCL president Kay Feeney

New QCL president Kay Feeney

Feeney Family Law director Kay Feeney has been elected president of Queensland Collaborative Law (QCL), the peak body for collaborative law practice.

Ms Feeney replaces Freda Wigan from HopgoodGanim Lawyers who served as QCL president during the past four years. Ms Wigan will remain on the executive committee of QCL as immediate past president.

Ms Feeney is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Family Law Council, Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

An accredited Family Law Specialist and accomplished mediator with more than 25 years experience, Ms Feeney is a proud sponsor of the QUT Feeney Family Law Prize in Dispute Resolution and the QUT Learning Potential Fund which assists students to access University.

Collaborative law is a form of dispute resolution where each spouse works with a collaborative lawyer to co-operatively resolve their legal, financial and emotional issues without going to court. (more…)

July 16th, 2015|Media Releases|