About Us

The Separation Place is not a law firm. We empower you with the information and skills you need to resolve your own disputes before, during and after separation and divorce.


Hello, I'm Rachael. I have a confession to make. I am a lawyer, a barrister in fact. But I am not like other barristers as my mission is to keep you out of court.

I have watched so many families struggle through the expense and heartache of an overloaded and broken family court system. I decided I wouldn't standby and watch this system. I would try and change the approach to separation and divorce.

After working with my clients, I understand what it's like to not know whether you'll be able to see your kids regularly. I see what the stress does of not being able to pay the bills as they roll in.

I see the heart break that recently separated people go through. That feeling that you no longer have control and you don’t know what will become of you and your family in the years to come.

 But let me tell you, despite the message that our family law system has told us or the lawyers ads that you see promising you the best settlement, there is another way that does not involve court and uncertainty.

 That way is to make your own arrangements, to give you life long communication skills and move toward your fresh start.

 You are important. Your family is important and you deserve the money that is tied up in your property to be in your pocket to help you have a fresh start.

 It is my mission to give you your fresh start and help you discover your path for the future.

I'm sure you'll want to know a bit about me before we go on this transformational journey together. After all, you are trusting me with your family arrangements and I do not take that trust lightly.

In 2018, after over 16 years as a barrister I stopped representing people in court. The reason for this was that what I was witnessing each and every day was that our legal system was toxic and it was doing families far more harm than good.

My work as a family mediator has shown me that there is another way. A better way. My superpower is not representing people in Court (though I was good at that too), it is allowing people to be heard without judgment and looking for a way forward to resolve conflict.

I work with families every day to keep them out of court and help them help themselves. Through this work I realised I was having the same conversations over and over. This has allowed me to capture the key parts of this work in my online courses – Family Matters and Money Matters (to be released on 31 March).

The courses cost a little less than 1 hour of time with most family lawyers. Yet they are full of hours of helpful advice. It is my mission to help families who are separating and may not otherwise have the legal and mentoring help they so desperately need and deserve.


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