Family Law FAQ

May 25, 2016 – at 4:15 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to services that are designed to help you resolve your disputes without needing to go to the Family Court.

We have reached an agreement. How do we formalise it?

If you and your former partner have reached an agreement you should considering making an Application for Consent Orders with the Family Court.

What is a Court order?

Court orders are the way the decisions or judgments of judicial officers are described.

How do I get an order from the Family Court?

Orders from the Family Court can be made either after a hearing by a Judicial Officer or after an application for consent orders.

What does it mean to file an application with the Family Court?

Filing an application with the Family Court begins a process. What that process involves will depend on the type of application made. When filing an application, you will need to follow the procedures and rules of the relevant Court. There will also be filing fees.

I have been served with a Family Court application. Do I need to respond?

Depending on the application, it is likely you will need to file a response. The types of documents you will need to file as part of your response will depend upon whether the application relates to parenting matters, financial matters or a combination. You should seek legal advice.

What is a subpoena?

A subpoena is issued by a Court, generally at the request of a party, requiring a person or organisation to produce documents or give evidence to the Court.

What is service?

Service is the legal term to describe the giving of court documents by one person to another. It means giving the other person a copy of your documents in a way that satisfies a court that the other person has received them.

Should I seek legal advice?

You should seek legal advice before deciding what is the best option for your situation. Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators are able to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and can explain the law that applies to your case. 

Contact Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators by phone (08) 9323 7711 or email shannon@bodekers.com.au for your complimentary pre-read and first appointment at a reduced flat rate.