Author and Principal of Integrated Family Law Kathryn Hodges is not your average lawyer in a suit.
Anyone who knows or has worked with the Sunshine Coast-based lawyer will tell you her real life approach and aspiration to stand up and make the call for change so that Australians can learn how to separate with dignity and give more children the gift of a conflict-free childhood, set her apart from your everyday family lawyer.
Kathryn was admitted as a Solicitor in 1998 and has worked in family law ever since.
Her long career includes; working in-house at Legal Aid Queensland as a family lawyer for four years. She then trained to become, and was appointed as a Separate Representative in Child Protection Proceedings and as an Independ Children’s Lawyer in Family Law Proceedings for in excess of 10 years. Kathryn is also trained in Collaborative Law.
In the early years of her career, Kathryn struggled with witnessing some of the courtroom solutions offered to many families, which in reality can create even more scars and damage that can last years, decades, or even a lifetime. She made it her mission to find a better way and as a result focused on devoting more of her time to speaking with people and helping them work through their changes, with love and respect for themselves and those around them, and less time in courtrooms.
At Integrated Family Law, Kathryn has developed and implemented a successful 5-step method which takes people who are contemplating separation from the brink of potential disaster, through a respectful separation process, achieved out of court and by being what she calls “unlawyered”.
This method is implemented using three consistent strategies:
- We keep things simple. We translate law-speak into manageable, easy to understand pieces.When we link our clients in with other advisors as needed, we stay in touch with those advisors, so our clients aren’t doing the heavy lifting.
- We work with our clients to see their former partner as part of the process, which allows our families to pull through without too much struggle.
- We offer fixed fee options. That way, our clients can get the best from their advisors, without fear of running up a huge bill. It also means that we’re all working hard to get things settled smoothly and quickly.
If you’re looking for a real conversation about separation, divorce and finding happiness again, ‘Who gets the Dog’ asks the real questions, and provides practical hints and hot tips so you avoid losing yourself to a legal war. Because of this book you will:
- learn how to cope when everything is falling apart
- find paths through conflict that are respectful, authentic and human
- become courageous enough to try new and better ways.
‘Who Gets the Dog’ offers reassurance and hope.
Kathryn’s book answers your questions about what really happens during
separation and divorce. It’s not just a theoretical framework. It is woven with the reality that life is messy. Even the life we want.