Adelaide Family Lawyers are committed to providing access to justice. What this means for you is that we encourage Legal Aid clients as well as fee-paying clients and assist you to complete the relevant application form, explain the court process and how we propose to assist you. We will listen to your concerns and clarify precisely what is achievable within the procedural restraints of the court processes and rules.
We know that family law issues, more often than not, also include the following elements:
If you contact us by telephone we request that your calls are relevant and that you keep them to a minimum but having said that we will always return your calls within 24 hours.
The process involves an initial 30-minute consultation to take instructions and provide initial advice which may include community mediation. If unsuccessful or inappropriate for the circumstances the next step may be to write directly to the other party or their solicitor to commence the negotiation process or otherwise the matter may need to proceed to court.
During the court process, the parties are expected to negotiate where possible to progress and finalise the matter. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement the matter will be listed for trial in which case the judge will make all decision to finalise the matter.
If parties are happy with a parenting agreement or otherwise through a community mediation service they will not need to go to court. Otherwise, the court will make a decision, either by consent via the parties’ negotiations through the court process or at trial by the judge.