Traditional Family Law

Traditional Family Law can be a practical pathway for many families seeking to resolve issues without necessarily going to court. It can be an excellent starting point for separation, especially if your former partner is not open about their financial position or rigid in their views about child care. This approach provides a structured way to address key concerns and work toward a fair agreement. If you’re interested in exploring this path, contact us to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with our experienced family lawyers.

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The Traditional Family Law Pathway Consists Of 5 Main Stages

These stages are designed to get you from ‘separated’ to ‘settled’. We focus on helping you to get clear on your future goals and and setting out a plan to move forward.

Stage 1: Set Your Plan

Set your plan for your separation and work out your future life goals after you’re done with all the legal stuff.

Stage 2: Gather Information

We help you to gather the information and data you need to be able to consider your options and make the right decision about your future. We do this efficiently and as pain-free as possible by using technology, leaving you free to focus on your future goals.

Stage 3: Build A Settlement Proposal

Next, we help you to build your settlement proposal, to help you and your former partner to reach an agreement.

Stage 4: Decide On A Pathway

If an agreement can’t be reached or if your former partner is making things difficult, we will then help you to find a solution using one or a mix of the following legal pathways:

In negotiation, you work with us to reach out and communicate clearly with your ex about trying to resolve all or some of your issues. The Family Law Act and the Federal and Family Court of Australia Rules 2021 require that you each make a genuine effort to resolve your dispute before going to Court.

Mediation is a way of resolving your dispute, facilitated by a neutral person. Simply put, it’s a formalised method where you attempt to settle your matter.

Arbitration can be a good alternative to the Court process and is available in financial/property matters where you cannot reach agreement through mediation or other ‘out of Court’ processes. Arbitration is usually cheaper and quicker than the Court process. But, it can still be more expensive than using other methods like collaboration or mediation. An Arbitrator is chosen by agreement, considers all the evidence, and makes a finding about your matter that is binding on both you and your ex.

If your circumstances mean that a Court application (or response) is necessary, you will need to assist us in preparing Court documents and your matter will firstly be heard by a Registrar of the Court. If you and your ex cannot reach a resolution along the way, your matter will eventually be heard by a Judge, who will make orders based on all of the information before them, that you and your ex must follow.

Stage 5: Find Your Outcome And You’re Done

The last step is where you find your outcome and your settlement documents are finalised to enable you to move on and live your best life.

What Are My Next Steps?

Step 1

Get in touch with us here and organise an initial consultation. You can choose for your initial consultation. to be by telephone, You can choose for your initial consultation to be by telephone, video conference or in person.

The cost of this initial consultation is $550 (incl GST) and you should set aside around 1 ½ hours for it so that we can take some time to explore the best separation pathway for you and your family.

Rest assured, you will leave this first meeting with a clear plan to be able to move forward with your life.

Step 2

Based on your situation and your timeframe to get things started, we will send you a Costs Agreement that clearly sets out your fee estimate .

Step 3

Using our 5 step process, we help you work towards reaching a settlement with your former partner. If settlement can’t be reached, we support you in commencing court proceedings.

Who Is Traditional Family Law Good For?

This pathway is good for all families experiencing separation and divorce. It is also a helpful pathway if you are worried about your safety and/or getting access to your former partner’s information. You should consider using Traditional Family Law if there are urgent issues to take into consideration.

Who Is Traditional Family Law Not Good For?

Traditional Family Law offers a solution for all families. However, if you and your former partner have already agreed on next steps or where you are both transparent in your financial positions, we encourage you to consider the Collaborative process or our Assisted DIY Separation Agreement service.

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Our Process

Family law can feel confusing and overwhelming. We’ve broken this down to be as simple as possible. This is what the journey looks like ahead. Our simple 6-step process to resolve your matter & allow you to move forward towards a better, happier and more fulfilled life.

Step 1:
Book Your Free Consultation

Your first step is to get in touch to schedule your free telephone consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers. If you're ready to sit down with us for a longer meeting, head straight to Step 3.

Step 2:
Your Free 15-Minute Call

This is your time to speak with one of our experienced family lawyers over the phone, so that we can get to know each other and discuss the basic details of your current situation. There is no cost involved.

Step 3:
Your Initial Consultation

Spend 60-90 minutes discussing the specifics, particularly regarding parenting and property. You'll receive initial advice, a clear roadmap for next steps, identification of key issues, and recommendations for specialist consultations if necessary.

Step 4:
Your Unique Strategy

Once we have all of your relevant information, we are able to prepare detailed next steps for you, to work together with you to meet your goals and your individual circumstances.

Step 5:
Next Steps & Ongoing Support

We'll keep you informed throughout your separation journey and provide you with the support you need to be able to move forward with your life. We'll keep you updated about tracking towards your separation goals and your timeframe, so that you can properly plan for your future.

Step 6:
Resolution & Moving Forward

Lots of separated couples reach an agreement and we strive to ensure that this is your reality. However, in the event you need to commence Court proceedings, or respond to an application that your ex has commenced, we'll support you with robust strategies and continue to work toward resolution without the need to rely on the Court to make a decision about your future.

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