Separation Lawyers

How To Make Your Separation As Straightforward As Possible

In Australia, you need to be separated from your spouse for 12 months and one day before you can apply for divorce. During that time, there are things you can be doing to make sure your separation and divorce run as smoothly as possible. The Collective Family Law Group are specialist divorce and separation lawyers, and we’re here to help you get through this difficult time with as little chaos as possible. We have some advice on how you can work to make sure your separation and divorce are as straightforward as possible.


If You Can, Discuss Future Pathways With Your Partner

Regardless of how amicable the end of your relationship was, communicating during a separation and divorce is hard, but you should try to discuss the future with them if possible.

  • Speak to your ex as you would a business partner. Make sure you speak politely, answer any messages, emails, and phone calls, allow them access to your children if you have custody and just try to remain on good terms. The more polite your communication, the better chance you have at reaching a fast resolution in your divorce proceedings.
  • Discuss the future. If you can do so without getting aggressive or confrontational, try to talk to your partner about whether they want to do mediation and their thoughts on things like property settlement and child custody. If you’re both on the same page, you’ll be more likely to reach an agreement.
  • Put a separation agreement in place. A separation agreement is a contract that describes how property, finances, and child custody will be divided throughout the separation period. They are often used as evidence in divorce applications, and they help determine the arrangements for property division, spousal maintenance, and child custody further along in the divorce proceedings.
  • Establish healthy boundaries. While it’s great to discuss the separation process, you need to put boundaries in place to make sure conversations don’t turn sour. Make sure you outline contactable times to communicate and establish the best forms of communication for you both.


Consider Mediation

Mediation ensures that your family law matters stay out of the family court and save you money in the long run. The Collective Family Law Group team are qualified separation lawyers, so we can help represent you, or we can facilitate a mediation session for you. There are several reasons why you should consider mediation.

  • Mediation is faster. If you take your matter to court, you could be waiting months or years to have your case heard by a family court judge. Through mediation with Collective Family Law Group, your matter can be wrapped up in a fraction of the time so you can carry on with your life.
  • It gives you some control. Mediation allows you and your ex to come into discussions on a level playing field. You can negotiate terms in a safe environment and resolve any disputes or conflict you may have, coming to a mutually satisfying agreement.
  • It saves you money. Years and years worth of court fees and lawyers fees will very quickly add up into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, some people go bankrupt trying to fight their matter in the family court. Mediation is far more cost-effective and, in most cases, will achieve results far more quickly than litigation. If you’d like to cut the costs of legal fees even further, you can use Collective Family Law Group’s Resolve Online program. We’ll guide you through the mediation process using workbooks, videos, and information sheets to help you come to a cost-effective solution.
  • It preserves relationships. If you have children, you’ll need to remain on somewhat neutral terms with your ex, and a court battle will only inflame hostility and aggression. Mediation requires collaboration and respect to come to a mutual agreement, so it’s more likely to foster a positive relationship to carry on into the future.


Find A Reliable Separation Solicitor

Finding the right separation lawyers will make your experience a whole lot easier and less overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you find the right person for your circumstances.

  • Choose an experienced family lawyer. When it comes to divorce and separation, you need to consult with a specialist family lawyer. The team at Collective Family Law Group practise exclusively in family law, and we have decades of experience working in all areas of family law.
  • Communication. You need to be in regular contact with your divorce lawyer, so make sure your solicitor has a plan outlining how they intend to maintain communication with you via phone calls, emails, or Zoom calls.
  • Personal compatibility. You need to be able to trust your separation solicitor, so you feel comfortable confiding in them about your divorce. Make sure you feel respected and valued by your lawyer from the very beginning.
  • Listen to recommendations. Ask your friends and family and consult with Google reviews to find an experienced, high-quality Brisbane divorce lawyer. If people are happy with their work, they won’t hesitate to make a recommendation.


If You Need Separation Lawyers, Collective Family Law Group Can Help

At Collective Family Law Group, our practice focuses exclusively on family law matters. We’re industry experts in all matters of family law, including but not limited to matters of separation, property settlement, domestic violence, financial agreements, divorce, and child support. We strive to provide quality legal services with a resolution-focused approach to our clients’ needs, and our team offer practical legal advice and solutions in a professional, approachable manner. If you need separation lawyers, contact Collective Family Law Group today.


We are committed to the efficient and prompt resolution of family law matters, in the most cost effective manner possible.

Call us today to make an appointment for your free consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers.


These guys have been absolutely amazing with helping me with my case as it has been tough but they have helped me get through it. Honestly the team have been so amazing and have helped me with been able to get the courage to get through this situation and they have been so supportive. The service has been fantastic as they have checked up on me and my family constantly to see how we have been going through out the process. I would highly recommend Collective Family Law Group to any one seeking assistance in a family law matter. Yours Faithfully, Mark.

I cannot speak highly enough about the team at Collective Family Law. I was going though a very hard time emotionally and financially and received nothing but compassion and support. If you need a family lawyer please look no further than this group of high knowledgeable and skilled people, you’ll be glad you did. Yours faithfull Brendan.

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The whole team at Collective Family Law have been so helpful. They have helped me through such a hard time and went above and beyond to make sure my every need was met, and to such a high standard. Couldn’t recommend them enough!!!

The team at Collective Family Law Group helped me navigate through a very difficult time in my life. I appreciated their honest, straight forward approach and would recommend them to anyone needing family law work done.

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Fantastic experience. I was skeptical of the whole free first consultation thing but how wrong I was. Jenny was awesome, answered all of my questions and advised clearly on my situation with knowledge, understanding and a lovely manner. Would recommend to anyone who asks.
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