From Separation to Settlement- Free Legal Seminar

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Posted 2023-08-31 by Nadine Cresswell-Myattfollow

Tue 12 Sep 2023

There are times in life when it can feel, the world's caving in. One of those times is the end of a relationship or marriage. Friends give advice but are they right? Where do you really stand? It's more than a headache. Sometimes it's years of sleepless nights worrying about the future.

And when you do start looking for professional advice the dollar signs flashing before your eyes are terrifying. And that is simply to get basic advice.

Unsurprisingly the future gets put in the "too hard basket."

One place that women can turn to is WIRE which originally stood for ‘Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc’. They are the only Victoria-wide free generalist information, support and referral service run by women and gender diverse people, for women and gender diverse people.

They offer FREE sessions on the legal matters involved in separation. The next session called Separation to Settlement is on September 12 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. either in person or online. There is also a Nov session on Tuesday the 14 at the same time.

There will be information on family law and navigating separation. On how to reach an agreement on children and property.

Family Lawyer and Mediator Elisa Turco, from Sage Family Lawyers, will provide information and examine the pros and cons of dispute resolution options.

The session will cover:

Kitchen table’ negotiations — supported and unsupported
Mediation — both with and without lawyers
Collaborative law, and traditional litigation - including lawyer-led negotiations.


If you physically wish to attend it is at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Faraday Street, Carlton VIC, Australia.

Or via Zoom (Zoom link closer to the date).

Any questions, email [email protected] or call 1300 134 130 between 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday.

See here to book.

I'd also subscribe to their newsletter to find out about future events and the other issues they can offer helpful advice with

They are always a great point of contact for free help on issues such as family violence, financial wellness, housing, migration, health, parents and families, employment, as well as gender and sexuality.

They have a support line on 1300 134 130 or book a call back at a time that works for you. They have a Walk-in-Centre and you can book an individual support session.

**Please note: WIRE has extended its service to respond to the needs of non-binary and gender-diverse people as well.


Opening hours:
Monday: 9am – 7pm
Tuesday: 9am – 7pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm

Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm.
Closed Wednesday and Thursday.

The address of the walk-in centre is Level 1, 673 Bourke St, Melbourne. Free face-to-face support is available between 9 a.m. and 5pm at the Walk-In Centre by appointment.

To book an appointment, email [email protected] or call (03) 8326 7100

To quote WIRE. "By calling someone at WIRE to talk it through, seeking support and information - you're already doing something. It takes courage, and that is a sign of strength."

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