Clarissa Rayward

North Brisbane Collaborative Practice Group

27/14 Argyle St
Albion, Queensland 4010
Office Phone: 07 3862 1955
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP



Clarissa Rayward, is the Director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and is also known as the ‘Happy Family Lawyer’. As a Divorce Lawyer, Clarissa specialises in helping separating families stay out of the Family Courts and stay friends as she believes that a divorce can be a positive end to a marriage.

Over the past 12 years Clarissa has worked as a specialist family lawyer and in that time, has helped over 2,000 Australian families through their divorce. That experience has only reinforced her belief that traditional legal processes do little to help separating families find a positive future after divorce.

It takes more than lawyers and Courts to help families through divorce and separation in a way that ensures a positive end to a marriage. For this reason Clarissa established Brisbane Family Law Centre, a multidisciplinary practice where lawyers work alongside counsellors and financial planners to ensure that clients receive the holistic support they need at this challenging time.

Clarissa is determined to change the way Australian families experience divorce and separation for the better. She is the author of the successful ‘Happy Family Lawyer’ blog, providing weekly commentary and tips on issues relating to divorce. She has also started an online education series ensuring separating families all over Australia can share in her knowledge on how to experience a dignified and positive divorce.
Clarissa is also the Author of the book Splitsville- How to separate, stay out of Court and stay friends.

Clarissa Rayward is a family lawyer, wife and mum who is passionate about relationships, people and family. Clarissa uses her industry knowledge and skill to change the way Australian families experience divorce and separation. She is known as ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’ as she believes that your divorce can be something you can look back on with pride.

Area(s) of Practice: Family Law and Mediation

Professional Activities

President- Qld Family Law Practitioners Association Member Qld Collaborative Law Member Family Law Section Law Council of Australia

Professional Education

Collaborative Family Lawyer
Qld Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist
Nationally Accredited Mediator

Training Offered

Clarissa is able to provide both the Introductory training in Collaborative Practice 2 day intensive program meeting the requirements of the IACP training standards for recognition as a Collaborative Professional.

In addition, Clarissa delivers more specific skills and module based training for more advanced practitioners or those seeking a refresher. Training can be offered in person or online via Webinar. Clarissa will also travel to your region to meet your specific training needs.

Training Conducted

Marketing your Collaborative Practice (Gold Coast Collaborative Practice Group) May 2015

During 2015- Webinar series co-presented with Anne- Marie Rice, monthly 1 hour online workshops in-
Marketing Collaborative Practice
Overcoming common misconceptions and hurdles
Growing your collaborative practice
Common skills required of a Collaborative Professional

Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Basic Training (TOWNSVILLE), March 2015

Keynote Presentation- 'What's all the Fuss about Collaborative Practice' Central Queensland Law Association Conference October 2014

Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Basic Training (BRISBANE) November 2014

Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Basic Training (BRISBANE) November 2013

Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Basic Training (BRISBANE) November 2012

Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Basic Training (BRISBANE) July 2012

Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Basic Training (TOOWOOMBA) March 2012

Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Basic Training (CAIRNS) February 2012

Collaborative Training Reference

To Whom It May Concern,

I have known Clarissa and worked with her for at least seven (7) years.

In that time, my professional interaction with Clarissa has included involvement in Court Proceedings (in which I have acted as the Independent Children’s Lawyer and she for a party), mediations and training programmes/seminars.

My extensive involvement with Clarissa has enabled me, I believe, to gain considerable insight into her professional competence and personal attributes.

Clarissa is a very competent lawyer technically. She currently holds the office of Vice President of the Family Law Practitioner’s Association. This is an elected position and reflects the high esteem in which she is held by her peers.

One of Clarissa’s great strengths is her ability to relate with people (regardless of their socio-economic background), establish a rapport with them and gain their confidence. She is able to support people in often highly emotive settings whilst at the same time keep them focussed and involved. Clarissa is quietly confidence and always approachable.

I have presented with Clarissa at Family Law Seminars on a number of occasions. She has an enviable ability to engage with people, hold their attention and interest and encourage active involvement by them in her sessions. She is persuasive and clearly enjoys teaching. Her obvious enthusiasm is infectious.

I have also attended a Collaborative Law Training Course (as a registrant) in which Clarissa has been one of the trainers. She is passionate about the practice of Collaborative Law. Her passion and commitment permeates her presentations.

She has conducted many Collaborative Law Training Programmes throughout Queensland and enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the state’s leading Collaborative Lawyers.

Clarissa always meets the high expectations which I have learned to have of her.

Clarissa would be an excellent trainer and no doubt would become a highly valued member of your team. I support her application without reservation and would invite you to telephone me if you require any further information.

Yours truly,

Rob Grant

Grant & Associates Family Lawyers
PO Box 657
Everton Park Qld 4053
Phone: 07 3353 6081
Fax: 07 3353 6090

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