Magistrate Writes to the Children

By Catherine Leach | 02 July 2012

A recent Family Court case has reached the news. In my many years of practise as a Family Lawyer, I have never had a Family Court Judge or Magistrate speak to the children or even see the children. In this case Magistrate Altobelli wrote a letter to the children, who were aged 10 and 6, […]

10 Top Tips for Separated Parents from a Perth Family Lawyer

By Catherine Leach | 24 May 2012

Divorce is difficult, very difficult. And, in my 16 years as a Family Lawyer I have seen families devastated by divorce, but more often than not I see families that grow stronger as separate units. Leaving the past behind them and moving out of the conflict zone. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t follow […]

Another legal point of view

By Catherine Leach | 15 March 2012

Normally I just talk about my point of view on legal matters here, however I have someone I’d like to introduce you to. I’ve had my eye on Samantha Baily for sometime now. She’s a smart, very experienced lady, who is down to earth and sensible, and she recently joined my firm, Leach Legal as […]

Top tips for when you first separate

By Catherine Leach | 15 March 2012

Catherine here – Following is a guest blog from Samantha Baily, who joined my law firm Leach Legal recently. I hope to share her thoughts with you from time to time….. When a couple decide to separate it can be a very stressful and emotional time, and sometimes it is hard to see through the […]

Documents are King in Property Settlement Negotiations

By Catherine Leach | 06 February 2012

If you are anything like me, and like most people, your memory is not perfect. You may remember birthdays but forget how much you paid for a couch, or you may be really good with remembering when you moved into your first house, but you can’t remember which bank you got the loan from. That’s […]

Talking Marriage, Divorce and Myths with Undercurrent

By Catherine Leach | 24 January 2012

I had an enjoyable chat with Nic Hayes from Undercurrent TV about some of the myths around the divorce process. Seeing a lawyer for your divorce is not about ending up in court, it’s about understanding the life changing process you’re about to go through and heading off in the right direction. My only advice… […]

Talking De Novo with Howard Sattler

By Catherine Leach | 23 November 2011

I was recently on Howard Sattler’s program chatting about our De Novo Guide to amicable divorce. There are many people who would love to have an amicable divorce, but it does require the right approach from both parties. I strongly believe that good advice early on can set you off in the right direction and […]

Seven things to get from your first family lawyer meeting

By Catherine Leach | 14 November 2011

I always like my clients to have a sense of value out of any meeting we have together, so I’ve prepared this outline of what your first meeting is all about so that you can be adequately prepared and clear on your expectations, regardless of which Perth family law firm you have chosen to use. […]

Defacto or Not Defacto?

By Catherine Leach | 31 October 2011

Not all of my clients in my Perth family law firm are married. Quite often they have been living together and are seeking advice on whether they should go through a legal separation, or just break up and go their separate ways. The first question we need to establish is whether or not they are […]

Family Law Firms that Inspire Me

By Catherine Leach | 19 October 2011

I’m always on the look out for inspirational people in Family Law, and a company caught my eye at the recent Family Law Awards in the UK (and as a bynote, I love an industry event that promotes excellence for its clients). The winner of the Family Law Firm of the year was Family Law […]