Latest Infographic from Westminster Lawyers Reveals the Court Process for Family Law Cases

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Specialist family law firm Westminster Lawyers releases a new infographic detailing the Court process for family law matters.

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Should involved parties fail to arrive at an amicable resolution after all alternative measures have been explored, Westminster Lawyers ensures that clients will receive the best legal assistance and representation as the matter is brought to Court.

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Westminster Lawyers, a specialist family law firm providing expert legal services to families in the Melbourne area, has released a new infographic that provides valuable details on the Court process for various family law matters. This new information product takes clients and interested parties through the different steps taken when a family law case is taken to Court, from the first Court event through to the final hearing.

Family Law covers a number of specific areas, including: prenuptial, post nuptial and cohabitation agreements; parenting and property matters that arise after the breakdown of a relationship or a marriage; wills and estate planning; and mediation. Westminster Lawyers provides a full range of services and professional assistance in relation to divisions of assets, arrangements regarding the care of children, child support, spousal maintenance, divorce, superannuation issues, and several others.

"At Westminster Lawyers, we believe that litigation should be used as a measure of last resort," say the firm's legal experts. "The overwhelming majority of our cases are settled by negotiation without the parties having to go to Court."

However, should the involved parties fail to arrive at an amicable resolution to their disputes after all other alternative measures have been explored, Westminster Lawyers ensures that its clients will receive the best legal assistance and representation as the matter is brought to Court.

The infographic tackles the start of the Court Process by outlining the first court event – the Case Assessment Conference or First Return Date. The Application for Interim Orders may either be promptly determined or adjourned to another date depending on a number of factors. The Application for Final Orders, on the other hand, involves making Procedural Orders so that parties can negotiate a settlement and prepare for a final hearing.

If the legal matter in question involves property, orders will be made for the parties to obtain valuations of business and/or real estate and for the parties to each provide discovery of all relevant documents. If children's matters are being resolved, the Court typically makes an order for the preparation of a family report and/or the psychiatric assessment of the parties.

For certain matters involving children and property, the second Court event may be a short hearing to discuss interim issues.

The next step would be a Conciliation Conference (in property matters); this is conducted by a judicial officer called a Deputy Registrar in order to provide the parties an opportunity to negotiate a settlement after relevant information and valuations have been obtained. In the event that a settlement is reached, then Orders can be made and the matter is finalised.

The next step would be the final defended hearing, but only if the matter was issued in the Federal Magistrates Court. In this hearing, each party presents their case and the Federal Magistrate shall make final orders regarding division of property and/or the involved children's living arrangements.

For matters that were issued in the Family Court, however, they will be listed as a Pre-Trial Conference; the Court will determine the particular issues that are in dispute and the steps that must be taken to prepare the matter for final trial. The final defended hearing will then take place in the Family Court; each involved party presents its case and a final decision is made by the Judge.

The team of experienced lawyers and accredited Family Law Specialists at Westminster Lawyers aims to provide the best family legal advice to help clients arrive at informed decisions about their future. They also offer competent and effective legal services that will help resolve the clients' matters as quickly, calmly, and inexpensively as possible during such a stressful time.

“In a highly emotive area of law, my clients appreciate honest, open and upfront legal advice," emphasises Brad Saunders, Senior Family Lawyer and Accredited Family Law Specialist at Westminster Lawyers. "It makes difficult situations more manageable, provides realistic expectations and avoids future disappointment."

To view the latest infographic from Westminster Lawyers, visit their website at http://www.westminsterlaw.com.au.

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