Where to start when separating or divorcing?
An online course to help you navigate the separation and divorce process in the least damaging way for both you and your family.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
IF YOU ARE:
- An individual considering separation
- An individual already separated
- Unsure if you are ready to take the step to separate
- Concerned about what separation or divorce will mean for you
- Fearful about what separation or divorce will mean for your children
- In need of clarity about what to do next; or
- Wanting support in understanding what’s involved in separation or divorce
Then SPLITSVILLE ONLINE is the course for you!
THE COURSE WILL GIVE YOU
- Clarity about what you need to do first
- Tips for how to take care of yourself
- Ideas for how to manage others throughout this experience
- Steps to help minimise the effect of separation or divorce on your children
- An introduction to the 3 key legal areas you need to consider now and
- A pathway from where you are now, to being armed with more knowledge and understanding about what to expect going forward.
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?
Regardless of whether you are considering separation or you are already separated, with all of the fears, worries or concerns you are likely to have whirling around in your head right now, you could do with some support and clarity.
As a Divorce Lawyer I have seen it all. People who in any other situation are entirely ‘normal’ all of a sudden turn into crazy versions of themselves- acting in ways even they would never expect. You see heartbreak does this to us. Love is a roller coaster of exhilarating highs and sometimes the lowest of lows. Perhaps the lowest moment for many of us is that moment when you realise that love has passed, that moment when your stomach has that sick, sinking feeling and you realise love, as you wanted it, is over.
If falling in love is a romance novel then heartbreak would have to be a choose your own adventure novel- while it seems like you should have control, you don’t and it feels like you are turning pages of your life hoping the ending will be good, only to have to turn back 4 chapters and start all over again. Like any good novel though, it does come to an end- eventually.
Just like falling in love, we all experience heartbreak in our own way. For some of us, it might appear to the outside world to have had no impact at all, but that person’s insides will be tearing apart as they try to manage their grief. Others will run around the streets screaming at the top of their lungs, letting everyone know their pain. And most of us will fall somewhere between these two extremes.
It is highly likely that you are reading this because you know it’s time begin educating yourself about some of the immediate issues you are facing, but perhaps you’re not quite sure where to start.
A successful divorce, if ever there was such a thing, is not about winning battles but instead about resolving differences.
There is no end to the research that shows children who experience the conflictual divorce of their parents during their childhood have lower levels of success in later life.
How you approach the initial stages of your separation or divorce can be vital to future outcomes, for your children if you have them, and for yourself.
Separation and divorce are personal matters and not everyone is ready to phone or see a Family Lawyer right away.
And yet there are so many minefields they could avoid if they had learned from people who have helped hundreds of couples legally separate and stay out of court, all while minimising the harmful consequences for you and those you care about.
So, this course is a way for you to get this knowledge and insight in the privacy of your own space, from your laptop or tablet and take each step at a time in your own.
“Splitsville is full of useful and logical information, I wish I had discovered it earlier on in my separation”
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique and because of that, I designed this course to be structured in a way that means you are able to view and learn at your own speed. You may need all of the information now so you can feel confident to move forward, or you may wish to take it in as you are ready.
WHAT DOES IT COVER?
All you will need is a laptop or tablet with internet access to view the content or download any the additional resources.
Tools to help you through the decision-making process
Tips to navigate separation or divorce
Practical tools and tips to take care of yourself during stressful moments like separation and divorce
Considerations for you and others
What you need to think about now and what can wait
Thinking about the bigger picture – your future
Negotiating with your former partner and the law
Children’s rights in the eyes of the law
Practical tips for the early days of separation
What the law considers when dividing assets, super and debts between you and your former partner
What it is and how it may apply to you and your former partner
Methods to establishing ongoing financial support for your children
What divorce is and important considerations
Breaking down the five resolution options available
Important considerations when you get to negotiations
Considerations for how to select the right person for you
Determining the legal documentation you need
Where to from here?
SPLITSVILLE ONLINE INCLUDES
- Access to the online program
- Activities to help you through the initial stages of separation and divorce
- Access to helpful resources and links
- Access to additional video content
- A complimentary e-copy of the book ‘Splitsville: How to separate, stay out of court and stay friends.’
“Really practical. An understanding of the process and a guide for both parties.
It really helped me at the beginning of my separation with dealing with what to do next
and what I needed to think about when on days I could hardly think straight.”
Splitsville The Course for just you
Access to 18 online lessons, carefully designed to guide you through your separation including arrangements for your finances and children
Access to course workbook
Complimentary hard copy or e-book copy of Splitsville: How to Separate, Stay out of Court, and Stay Friends
An Initial Coaching session with a specialist Family Lawyer
Following your coaching session, a personalised Settlement Strategy to navigate your separation
Splitsville The Course for both you and your former partner
Separate access for both you and your former partner to 18 online lessons, carefully designed to guide you both through your separation including arrangements for your finances and children
Separate access to course workbook for each of you
A Complimentary hard copy or e-book copy of Splitsville: How to Separate, Stay out of Court, and Stay Friends for each of you
A Joint Solution Session with a specialist Family Lawyer OR An Initial Coaching session with a specialist Family Lawyer for one of you*
Following this session, personalised Settlement Strategy to navigate your separation
We also offer The Course as a bundled separation solution package with our new service "Amicably!" You can learn more about this here.
I am not in Australia, is the course suitable for me?
The course was designed to primarily assist client’s who were married under Australian Law, or who are Australian citizens. However, if you do reside overseas, the course may still apply to your circumstances. We suggest you get in touch for a free 15 minute chat with a specialist Family Lawyer on our team to discuss the suitability of the course with you. You can book that chat here.
Is this just for me or can my ex-partner do the course as well?
Both you and your former partner can do the course. If you choose to both do the course, then we can either meet with one of you, or both of you to provide further assistance (if you would like it).
If we meet with both of you for a Joint Solution session, we are able to provide you with the pathways open to both of you to resolve your legal issues, and facilitate a Mediation to assist you do this. If we meet with both of you, we are unable to provide each of you with individual advice about what a likely range of outcomes would be in your matter.
If we only meet with one of you, we are able to provide you with individual advice, and refer the other to a specialist Collaborative Family Lawyer. Together, we can still all work together to resolve the legal issues flowing from your separation.
- I have not separated yet, can I still do this course?
Yes, you can. The course was designed for people who have separated, or are thinking about it. It will provide you with an understanding of how you can resolve your legal matters if you do separate, and you can always return to some of the exercises down the track.
- I was in a same sex relationship, will the course apply to me?
Yes, it does. We designed this course to assist families of all kinds, including same sex couples.
- I do not need help with all aspects of my separation, just some. Should I still use this course?
The course was built to assist families with the most common legal issues that arise following a separation. If some of these do not apply to you, like parenting arrangements, this is ok! You can still work your way through the course, skipping over anything that you do not need help with.
Hi, I am Clarissa and the core reason I do what I do is to empower people to understand that everyone has it within them to live their best life.
My name is Clarissa Rayward and I am an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. I have practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law since my admission to the profession in 2003. With training in mediation and collaborative law, I approach family law matters focusing on out of Court resolution.
The information in this course has been gathered from many years of watching my clients, my friends and sometimes my family experience the trials and tribulations of divorce. I have seen many a silly mistake but also have experienced and assisted many people who have managed to have a dignified divorce – one that they have been able to look back on when all the dust has settled, with pride.
Splitsville The Course Part 1 will help you navigate your way to a place in the future where you can look back on today and say ‘I will be okay’.