RESOLVING DISPUTES

There are two ways to resolve your family law problems:

  • negotiate with your former spouse to come up with a solution that you both agree to, with the help of a lawyer or mediator (‘negotiation’);
  • go to court and have a judge make a decision (‘litigation’).

The family law system strongly encourages separating couples to resolve their family law disputes through what is referred to as ‘family dispute resolution’, instead of going to court. Family dispute resolution is a method of resolving your divorce or separation that does not involve going to court. Examples include mediation and negotiation. At Vic Rajah Family Lawyers, we understand that navigating the family law system can be an emotional and challenging time. We will guide you through the process with sensitivity and compassion, while always seeking the best outcome for all concerned.

Often as a first step, clients will consult with one of our expert lawyers to obtain advice about their rights and entitlements.

Family law is a highly-specialised area and it is essential that clients are given the right advice before they engage in negotiation or litigation.

WHICH COURT?

If you and your spouse are unable to resolve your family law disputes out of court, you can file an application in court. This is called litigation.

There are two courts that handle family law litigation: the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court (previously the Federal Magistrates Court). The most complex cases are assigned to the Family Court, while judges in the Federal Circuit Court hear the majority of cases.

Our lawyers will determine the appropriate court for your family law issues and guide you through the court process.

http://www.familycourt.gov.au/

http://www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/

WHAT LAW APPLIES?

The law that applies to most family law disputes is contained in the Family Law Act (FLA). Like most Legislation the FLA is extremely complex and not easily understood by someone without legal training.

At Vic Rajah Family Lawyers you have access to Accredited Family Law Specialists who have specialised skills, expertise and training in the area of family law. In fact, because Vic Rajah Family Lawyers only deals in the area of family law, every member of our team has extensive family law expertise.

Find out more about Accredited Specialists at http://www.liv.asn.au/specialists.aspx