In most legal matters where negotiations have broken down between parties and issues are unable to be resolved a court is the only body that can resolve the dispute.
In family law matters, we are directed to the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court). It is no secret that the Court is burdened by delay and it is not uncommon for parties to wait up to three years for their matter to be determined by a judge.
There are however a number of things you can do in order to avoid the delay and the unnecessary expense that comes with Court proceedings.
2017 has seen a number of high profile media personalities separate from their husbands and wives. Whilst the circumstances behind their separation are the subject of many Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph stories, certain media outlets are now starting to report on the settlements each have come to having regard to their children and property.
Family lawyers often call January “Divorce Month” as the rate of people needing advice on separation, parenting arrangements and the division of property is far greater to that of other months. At Tiyce & Lawyers we are certainly noticing the increase in new client enquiries.
The reasons vary: