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 […]

Infidelity. Does it change things?

By Catherine Leach | 18 October 2011

My clients often tell me why their marriage or relationship broke down. Frequently it is because they “grew apart” and hadn’t been happy for some time. Often it is because of clashes with family members, particularly the mother-in-laws (on both sides). Occasionally it is because one or both partners have been unfaithful. I have had […]

The De Novo Guide video

By Catherine Leach | 16 October 2011

This is a video I put together to explain our De Novo guide to amicable divorce and separation, and why we think it’s such an important product for people seeking a DIY solution.

8 Questions for your First Meeting (and some extra info)

By Catherine Leach | 11 October 2011

It may seem strange for a lawyer to give advice that would help a meeting go more swiftly, but that could explain why I don’t drive a Mercedes! If you’re preparing for your first meeting with your Family Lawyer, then be prepared to answer the 8 questions below, and get the most out of your […]

Mediator vs lawyer. What do I need?

By Catherine Leach | 23 August 2011

You might think it’s a little predictable of me to say that in most instances, you are well served using both, but let me explain why within the context of an amicable divorce or separation. A mediator is someone who is trained to help you reach an agreement about your divorce and property settlement, arrangements […]