Are you going through a Separation or Divorce?

Do you want to try to resolve things as quickly and affordably as possible

with less emotional turmoil?

We've got you emotionally, financially and legally supported all the way!



Pre- SepAration

You are considering Separation

  • Marriage Counselling options

  • What to expect during separation and the legal requirements

  • Discuss the options for separation to reach agreements in a cost effective way

  • Develop a safe exit strategy

  • Learn how to communicate with your spouse and children about separating

  • Understand how to protect your assets and secure your finances before separating

  • Address any domestic violence or child safety concerns

  • Counselling and coaching support.

When Separation

Has occured

You are now Separated, what next?

  • Understand what it means legally to be separated and what to expect during separation

  • Understand your legal options to reach financial property and/or parenting agreements and how to minimise your costs along the way

  • Create a separation plan

  • Assistance to gather critical documentation and evidence

  • Child and spousal support information

  • Legal document preparation assistance

  • Prepare for mediation, if required

  • Assist with domestic violence concerns

  • Counselling and coaching and emotional support

  • Communication tips and how to set boundaries

  • Securing your information and property

  • Specialist referrals as required including asset and business valuers, banks, mortgage brokers, lawyers.

Near Conclusion of Separation stages

Providing the ongoing support

  • Finalise your parenting and/or financial/property agreements

  • Mediation support if required

  • Preparing the family emotionally for divorce

  • Preparing and filing the Divorce application

  • Updating wills and other key family legal and administrative documents

  • Asset valuation support (including property and business assets)

  • Life coaching and counselling

  • Improve co-parenting skills

  • Resume, career assistance and interview training

  • Financial education including financial planning, budgeting, loan refinancing, mortgage broking.

Susan Crain

Susan Crain, CEO and Founder of both Separation Support Network and Family Counselling Support Network, has an Honours degree in Law, and has majored in psychology, coaching and dispute resolution. She has worked for over thirty years to support people through the emotional Separation and Divorce processes.

She has volunteered, advised and worked on the Board of many not-for-profit organisations including Act for Kids, RizeUp and Open Haven as well as at various Australian and New Zealand community legal centres. She has undertaken additional training in life and divorce coaching, has recently created a family law parenting programme and is the author of a number of publications including the very popular Australian Separation Guide and diary, which has been drafted in conjunction with a team of lawyers, mediators and counsellors.
A mother of three and a part time foster parent, Susan is very passionate about ensuring her clients are emotionally supported, well educated on the options and resources available to them, and strives to ensure her clients achieve fair financial outcomes and parenting arrangements, that are ultimately in the best interest of the children.

"I want our clients to emerge from the process educated and empowered to enable them to thrive in the next stage of their lives. We don't abandon you once the documents are signed. We continue to offer a wide array of support to our clients post divorce to ensure each client can achieve their future goals."

Separation Support Network works in conjunction with a panel of excellent service providers who can assist, where required. Each of the service providers in the network is aligned with our goals of providing genuinely caring, supported, and affordable advice.

"Separation Support Network proudly donates a percentage of its profits to Australian domestic violence support charities each year."

Thank you to the following businesses which continue to help us provide this invaluable service to so many clients ....


What do I do next to get help?

No matter where you are in the separation or divorce stage, we understand how hard it is, and we are here to support you. You are not alone.

We help reduce the stress by providing you with the education and practical guidance you need to understand all the options available to you.

We also carefully listen to you on what you want to do, to move forward. If you would like to arrange an online 15-minute complimentary mini session we can discuss where you are at and what help you feel you need, at your stage in the process. This just requires a Zoom connection.

We will be honest about what we can do to assist you to get the best outcome,  and give you a firm understanding of the costs associated with the help.  It will not be a sales pitch from us.

If you decide to proceed with Separation Support Network, you are welcome to book a PAID one-on-one confidential consultation with one of our highly trained senior separation support personnel. The first appointment will require a new client form to be completed and returned to help us gain a better understanding of your position and to not waste your precious time.

As seen in our testimonials, we are renowned for having excellent relationships with our clients and are very conscious of providing quality, affordable services, all the way.

We take great pride in ensuring that every one of our service providers have your best interests at heart, emotionally and financially. Our motto is ‘providing our clients with a hug all the way.’

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Why should I use Separation Support Network instead of going to a traditional law firm?

Separation Support Network provides one-on-one support to guide you through the entire separation and divorce process. We help you navigate the immediate practical steps of your separation, listen to your unique circumstances, outline your options and recommend the services you need. We also provide help long term through your separation journey to reach your long term goals.

We do have a panel of lawyers who can assist, if and when required, but we work with you to avoid legal costs as much as possible by helping you understand all your options, assist you to gather your documentation and evidence, draft your proposed terms, and coordinate other specialist support if required to support your position. This helps avoid a lot of the initial outlays you would normally experience in a law firm, which often charge very high legal costs, per hour, for their time. It also helps you avoid a lot of time, stress and frustration.

Once legal matters are resolved by traditional firms, our clients report they often feel a sense of confusion and concern about what comes next - on how to actually co-parent and fulfill the parenting obligations, how to deal with the financial arrangements that were agreed upon, where to obtain the necessary financial education to manage your settlement, and how to secure your financial future. There is often the need to get help to change other key legal and financial documents, strategies to assist with co-parenting and communication with former partners, sorting the sale of assets, access to counselling for the family, finding a new career or a plan on how to start the next chapter of life. Separation Support network can walk beside you through all of this. We help you find the care you need and work collaboratively with a team who can assist.

Our aim is to ensure our clients are safe, emotionally supported all the way, personally educated and empowered to make their own decisions, and ultimately achieve a fair and equitable settlement, suitable parenting arrangement and successful future.

What range of support can you offer me?

The most common things said to us over the years by our clients:

"I am so confused about what to do next, where to get the help I need and who to trust."

"I can't work out what financial documents I even need to access and what I have to disclose ."

"I worked all my life to save and secure my superannuation and now we are going to destroy it with all the ongoing legal bills."

"I was a good parent and we had a great relationship but now I just can't reconnect with them."

We hear you!

Separation Support Network is essentially a one stop service network where you no longer need to spend countless hours finding the resources, locating kind and supportive care, legal and financial expertise, all at an affordable rate.

We work alongside incredibly experienced, supportive specialists who share our values in making the separation and divorce process more amicable, more empowering, more supportive and more affordable.

  • Mediators

  • Psychologists and counsellors

  • Parent assist programmes

  • Lawyers

  • Domestic Violence support

  • Financial Planners and Advisors

  • Property Valuers including farming valuers

  • Banking advice

  • Business and Company valuers

  • Forensic Accounting and IT

  • Private Investigators

  • Accountants

  • Mortgage Brokers

  • Business brokers

  • Conveyancing and Will support

  • Life Coaches

  • High Conflict Coaches 

  • Career assist - resumes, job applications and interview preparation.

Our clients have also reached out and requested that we prepare practical and affordable resources including audio/visual podcasts and webinars which consist of easy to understand, questions and answers to many of the day-to-day issues that they experience, but don’t know how to do. These can be booked and listened to at any time, anywhere by our clients. A transcript is also provided for our paid webinars.

In late 2024, Separation Support Network will release a series of highly practical webinars for all our clients at a very affordable price which can be viewed any time, anywhere as part of our new Separation course.

These webinars are not just made up of general information about topics. They are step by step practical guides on how to get through this challenging process to ensure your safety and legal rights.

We have interviewed some of the leading experts on these most sought after topics and hope that you find the content understandable, relatable and invaluable.  Please feel free to reach out anytime to suggest additional topics you would like us to add to our webinar library or to add to our course.

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What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Given the nature of our support services, last minute cancellations are costly, and it means that other clients may miss out on receiving the required support.  For cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment there is a $65 part fee payment. For less than 24 hours cancellation notice or a non-show, the full session fee will need to be charged. These fees are refunded however if the session can be filled at the last minute. Thank you for your understanding.

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