Couples may avoid court by trying to reach an agreement between themselves. Often, this can happen with the help of their lawyers. They may use mediation and Family Dispute Resolution to reach an agreement. Sometimes an independent person is used to help the parties resolve their issues. This person is known as a mediator.
If a family law issue can’t be resolved, sometimes one or both parties will apply to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia to decide. A court will do this after hearing evidence, weighing up the opinions of experts and considering the legal requirements.
We will explore with you whether it’s possible to settle your family matter without going to court. In many cases, people are able to resolve disputes and family law matters without having to go to Court.