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“Quite frankly, families are spending far too much time and money in our courts. Those families, who because of delay become more entrenched, more vulnerable and more stressed while they remain in our court.”
Honourable Chief Judge Will Alstergren
What is a Family Law Dispute?
The term, “family law dispute” categorises many types of disputes that can occur following a relationship breakdown. Typically these types of disputes involve parenting or property matters.
So, Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me Resolve These Disputes?
Definitely not! It’s often the case that family law disputes simply derive from disagreements over matters relating to children, parenting or property matters. What you pay a lawyer for (at up to potentially $700 an hour) is to negotiate and reach an agreement with your ex-partner and when such an agreement cannot be reached institute court proceedings. The latter aspect is called, “litigation“ and it’s soul-destroying, will wreak emotional havoc on you and everyone else for the period of that litigation (at least two years) and if that isn’t bad enough, you’re going to spend a lot of money getting a court to make a decision that you’re likely not going to be happy with.
The average cost of a three-year litigation battle is in the vicinity of $150,000 – $300, 000. On the other hand, if there is a willingness to mediate, all matters relating to parenting, children and property can be settled swiftly and cheaply with mediation.
What Happens if We Agree on Some Things and Not Others?
It may be the case that you and your ex-partner can form an agreement on key issues like parenting and children, but you’re not ready to agree on property. Therefore you mediate those matters and talk with us about referring you to a resolution-focussed family lawyer to resolve the property settlement.
So, What Should I Do Now?
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