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A bit about me! 
Clarissa Rayward 
Director Brisbane Family Law Centre 
Accredited Family Law Specialist 
Mediator & Colla...
How will this work? 
• Please ask questions 
• This is general information 
and remember you should 
obtain advice specifi...
What are we going to cover? 
1. Why would you go to Court? 
2. Which Court? 
3. What do and don’t Courts do? 
4. What is t...
Why would you go to 
Court? 
Really only one reason- to get 
someone to make a decision on 
your behalf 
As we are talking...
Why would you go to 
Court? 
Really only one reason- to get someone 
to make a decision on your behalf. 
Primary Reasons p...
Which Court? 
When it comes to the Family 
Courts there are really 3- 
Local Magistrates Court 
Federal Circuit Court 
Fam...
What Courts can & can’t do? 
At the end of the day, the role of the 
Court is to identify the legal 
issues in dispute, de...
Where most people get 
tripped up 
1. Seek the Courts assistance on 
things that are not legal issues 
or where the Court ...
So how do you 
start a Court 
Proceeding? 
1. What legal issue? 
2. Which Court? 
3. Have you complied with ‘pre 
action’ ...
The stages of a 
Court Proceeding? 
1. Starting Proceedings & 
before the first Court date 
2. The first Court date 
3. Af...
Starting Proceedings 
1. What documents to prepare 
– Application, Affidavit, s60(i) 
certificate, Form 4, Financial 
Stat...
The 1st Court date 
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare 
• Go and watch Court prior 
• Orders/ Directions you want 
• Chronology ...
The 1st Court date 
3. When you appear in Court 
• Where to sit 
• When to sit vs stand 
• How to address the Judge 
• LIS...
The Court is looking to work out 
what more information they 
need to be able to either help 
you reach agreement or enabl...
After the 1st Court date 
This is where the windy road begins. 
Parenting- Likely in Qld, Family Report and then a 
furthe...
The Trial- a time to 
imagine yourself on a 
magical Island…
The trial 
This is where the windy road ends! 
Here your Judge will have read your 
material and is now ready to hear you ...
The Decision 
A decision may be immediate or it 
may take some time. You will not 
know until the end of your trial. 
Inte...
A few other things to 
keep in mind 
• You can reach agreement along the 
way & the Court will help you to do 
this 
• Dra...
Top Tips 
1. Always comply with Court Orders 
(even when you don’t like them!) 
2. Be over prepared 
3. Be respectful 
4. ...
Court should always be a 
place of last resort. You are 
handing over your capacity 
to control your own destiny 
when it ...
Any Questions?
Wednesday 1 October 2014 
Wednesday 27 August 
12.30pm
THANK YOU!
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If you find yourself having to go to the Family Courts it may feel like you have stepped into a mysterious land. It is a place of formality, procedure and at times a ‘strange legal language’.
This workshop will provide you with what you need to know when you are going to the Family Law Courts here in Australia, including how best to prepare, what to expect when you get there and how to find solutions that will keep your family out of the Courts.

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So you are going to court! An overview of what you need to know if you are in the Family Courts

  1. 1. A bit about me! Clarissa Rayward Director Brisbane Family Law Centre Accredited Family Law Specialist Mediator & Collaborative Family Lawyer Also known as “The Happy Family Lawyer” www.thehappyfamilylawyer.com
  2. 2. How will this work? • Please ask questions • This is general information and remember you should obtain advice specific to your family
  3. 3. What are we going to cover? 1. Why would you go to Court? 2. Which Court? 3. What do and don’t Courts do? 4. What is the process to start proceedings in Court? 5. How does it work once I am there? 6. What happens at a trial? 7. Can I still reach agreements even if I am in Court? 8. Some tips and tricks and common misunderstandings to consider.
  4. 4. Why would you go to Court? Really only one reason- to get someone to make a decision on your behalf As we are talking about the Family Courts, we will focus on issues relating to finances and children
  5. 5. Why would you go to Court? Really only one reason- to get someone to make a decision on your behalf. Primary Reasons people find themselves in Court- 1. Urgency 2. Risk 3. Lack of cooperation 4. Significant difference of opinion about the best outcome
  6. 6. Which Court? When it comes to the Family Courts there are really 3- Local Magistrates Court Federal Circuit Court Family Court
  7. 7. What Courts can & can’t do? At the end of the day, the role of the Court is to identify the legal issues in dispute, determine the evidence that is relevant to those issues, apply the law and accordingly make a decision! (Yep it sounds like gobbly guke and that is why it is so confusing!)
  8. 8. Where most people get tripped up 1. Seek the Courts assistance on things that are not legal issues or where the Court has no power 2. Don’t provide relevant evidence but provide an overabundance of irrelevant evidence 3. Don’t understand the law or how it is applied
  9. 9. So how do you start a Court Proceeding? 1. What legal issue? 2. Which Court? 3. Have you complied with ‘pre action’ requirements?
  10. 10. The stages of a Court Proceeding? 1. Starting Proceedings & before the first Court date 2. The first Court date 3. After the first Court date 4. The Trial 5. The decision
  11. 11. Starting Proceedings 1. What documents to prepare – Application, Affidavit, s60(i) certificate, Form 4, Financial Statement 2. Where to file them 3. How to serve them 4. Now sit back and wait! 5. Receive & review the Respondents material – Response, Affidavit, s60(i) certificate, Form 4, Financial Statement 6. Look for areas of agreement 7. Identify where there are differences 8. Prepare for the first Court date
  12. 12. The 1st Court date 1. Prepare, prepare, prepare • Go and watch Court prior • Orders/ Directions you want • Chronology of important information • A plan for the Judge of where to from here 2. On the day • Dress respectfully • Leave kids and cheer squads at home • Be early & set aside the whole day • Find the Court and Associate • Be respectful at all times • Seek advice (duty lawyer)
  13. 13. The 1st Court date 3. When you appear in Court • Where to sit • When to sit vs stand • How to address the Judge • LISTEN twice as much as you speak • Focus on answering the question ‘A holding pattern’ • The Judge will want to know very quickly what you are there for and what ‘interim’ plan you see could move your matter forward
  14. 14. The Court is looking to work out what more information they need to be able to either help you reach agreement or enable them to determine your matter? • Parenting- Family report, more information some form of contact, medical or school reports, ICL • Financial- Mediation/ conciliation conference-what more information will the Court need to reach a conclusion? – Valuations – Disclosure – Subpoena AND Always comply with Orders!
  15. 15. After the 1st Court date This is where the windy road begins. Parenting- Likely in Qld, Family Report and then a further Court date/ series of dates Financial- Likely mediation then a further Court date • Sometimes further ‘interim hearing’ • Sometimes directions hearings only • Sometimes mentions All trying to move you to the end being a ‘Trial’ Same process each time- Prepare, know what you need and be respectful by assisting the Court
  16. 16. The Trial- a time to imagine yourself on a magical Island…
  17. 17. The trial This is where the windy road ends! Here your Judge will have read your material and is now ready to hear you and your former partner be cross examined • Applicant’s case • Respondent’s case • ICL • Submissions • Decision
  18. 18. The Decision A decision may be immediate or it may take some time. You will not know until the end of your trial. Interim orders will usually remain in place until a decision is made You can appeal a decision but you must have lodged a notice to appeal within 28 days of receiving the decision
  19. 19. A few other things to keep in mind • You can reach agreement along the way & the Court will help you to do this • Drafting- Orders and Affidavits • Use headings • Be factual • Don’t exaggerate • Make concessions or admissions where appropriate • Don’t respond to ‘everything’
  20. 20. Top Tips 1. Always comply with Court Orders (even when you don’t like them!) 2. Be over prepared 3. Be respectful 4. Seek advice- community legal centers, duty lawyer 5. Know what you want but be prepared to compromise 6. Don’t involve your children 7. Be patient, it can be a long process 8. Always keep your eyes open for solutions- no matter how hard things become
  21. 21. Court should always be a place of last resort. You are handing over your capacity to control your own destiny when it comes to your children or finances.
  22. 22. Any Questions?
  23. 23. Wednesday 1 October 2014 Wednesday 27 August 12.30pm
  24. 24. THANK YOU!

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