When people don’t know their legal rights and entitlements to property settlements and don’t understand the family law parenting framework, it can lead to disputes and conflict. Early access to accurate information, resources and services is the best way to lay the foundation for an amicable and positive outcome that is family focused.

The story for this episode is from Simon who has recently separated but who wants to make sure the relationship with his ex remains amicable for the sake of the children. He has no experience with the family law system and is unsure about whether to self-represent or engage professional help.

About the host and guests

Host Carolyn Devries, CEO of New Way Lawyers and member of the Greater Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in the management of non profit organisations, along with many other qualifications. She has worked with families in the legal and community sectors for over 20 years and is a former Telstra Business Women’s Award Winner.  

Jack Whelan is a former Chief of Staff to the Commonwealth Attorney General. He is barrister and a mediator having conducted more than 450 mediations. In addition, he is the Co-Founder of the Separation Guide that educates, triages and connects people to the services they need.  

David Curl is the CEO of For Kids Sake, a children’s advocacy group dedicated to protecting children from harm associated with family separation.   

Linda Maitland is a Managing Lawyer with New Way Lawyers, Australia’s first non- profit law firm, Linda has extensive experience practicing in complex family law parenting matters involving parenting and property and financial matters.   

Anne Dale is a Forensic Accountant with Grant Thornton Having worked exclusively in forensic accounting, valuations and litigation support since 2003, she has broad experience across a range of forensic accounting and valuation assignments.