Reasons for Appointment
We understand that many people initially attend upon us simply to educate themselves about their rights and responsibilities. The degree that we can provide advice in these early stages, in regards to these general aspects, depends on the quality of the information provided. To minimise expense, we suggest that you come armed with some detailed information so that our advice applies to your particular circumstances.
Making an Appointment
Please contact us to make your first appointment.
At your first appointment, you will receive a free copy of our book, Yours, Mine, Ours: A Guide to Family Law.
Before the Appointment
It will save you both time and money if you come to appointments having done a little homework. It is of great assistance if you are able to bring to your appointment:
- Completed history of your marriage/relationship;
- Completed table of assets, liabilities and financial resources;
- Completed new client sheet. This form can also be completed online by clicking here;
- Current bank statements evidencing your assets and liabilities, including credit card debts;
- Most recent tax return and notice of assessment for you and your partner;
- Most recent superannuation statement for you and your partner;
- Most recent tax return and financial statements for any businesses, trusts etc.;
- Details and value of any investments with appraisals (if available), e.g. property, shares etc.;
- Details and value of any other assets with appraisals (if available) e.g. motor vehicles, jewellery, antiques etc.
- If any Court proceedings have been commenced, copies of the Court documents;
- Copy of your Marriage Certificate (if relevant).
It will also be very helpful if you bring a list of the questions that you would like covered in the interview so that you can assure yourself that we have answered all your questions.
Action Plan following Appointment
After the initial interview, many people are able to successfully negotiate a settlement with the other party. You can then attend upon your Solicitor to assist you in documenting the deal that has been agreed upon in legally effective documentation.
However, the Court is not a rubber stamp and there is a need to ensure that the deal falls within the parameters that would be approved by the Court.
Your initial advice will, therefore, ensure that the negotiations and the settlement proposal are within those parameters, thus minimising any difficulty in having any agreement formalised.