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The court process

Step 1: File your application to the Court, you’ll be given a first return date (approximately 3 months)

Step 2: You’ll go to Court simply to submit the issues, and you’ll usually get some interim Orders to go away and follow. This may include attending a conciliation conference or mediation to attempt to resolve the issues. (approximately 3 months)

Step 3: You’ll go away and try to sort out the issue at a mediation. (approximately 3 months)

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Step 4: If you haven’t sorted it out by now, you’ll go back to Court and ask for a date or several dates for the Judge to hear your case. (approximately 6-10 months)

Step 5: You’ll go to Court for your Hearing, but have a high chance of not being heard that day due to:

  • the other party not being ready;
  • Someone being unavailable to attend (barrister, solicitor, client or witness);
  • Further evidence being filed late and the other party being given time to consider it and respond;

You will repeat this until everybody is ready and the stars align. (on average can take up to 2-3 years).

Gavel and judge in court

Step 6: The Judge will hear all the issues, evidence and submissions – then ask you to go away and WAIT until his or her Honour hands down a decision on your case. (approximately 6 months)

Step 7: You’ll get the decision that you may or may not be happy with.You’ll get the decision that you may or may not be happy with.

Susan Arbon
Susan Arbon
Susie is Principal/Director of Arbon Legal Group, with years of experience in the health industry, business and law. Her primary practice area is Family Law whereby she maintains a genuine desire to achieve the best outcome for clients in the shortest timeframe.
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