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Consent Orders.

No stress. No Fuss. No Complications.

Most people do not need to go to a family law court to make arrangements for children and parenting or dividing property when their relationship ends. We guide and counsel you to formalise your settlement via Consent Orders with tailored solutions and fixed fees.

Going to court to resolve disputes is very expensive, time consuming and stressful. If you are able to enter an agreement with your ex-partner, you can formalise your agreement by way of consent orders. Many people will enlist the assistance of a family mediator or a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner to facilitate discussions and ensure an agreement with your ex-.

Even if the parties do need to file an application with the family law court, both parties can enter into formal Consent Orders at any time to finalise any disputes in relation to parenting and property orders. When Consent Orders are made, they have the same effect as Court Orders.

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DG Family Law will assist you to formalise your parenting and property Consent Orders without delay, hidden costs or complicated language. You can rest assured that we have finalised many complicated and difficult parenting and property matters, including investment properties, loans from parents, businesses and family trusts.
 

 

01

Can I make formal
Parenting Arrangements?

If you are no longer in a relationship with your child(ren)'s other parent, it is best if you are able to make an agreement with the other parent as to how your child(ren) will be cared for.

If you have been able to make such an agreement, we recommend that you enlist a solicitor to assist you to obtain formal Consent Orders. This document gives the Court's authority (and therefore enforceability) to your agreement.

If you have not been able to enter into an agreement with the other side, you may need to speak to a solicitor to advocate on your behalf, negotiate, attend mediation or litigate through the family law courts.

04

Can I do an Informal Agreement instead?

A formal agreement gives you peace of mind that the proposed property division will be made on a final basis, especially with advice from a family law firm family law solicitor.

If you have not or are not able to obtain a final property division, you will need to mediate or otherwise seek to negotiate such an agreement with the assistance of a family law solicitor.

If you have already obtained an agreement, then a formalised agreement reduces the need for negotiating with lawyers and the potential to review, challenge or set aside the agreement in the future.

Finally, a negotiated divorce property settlement will avoid delays in obtaining a settlement (with the associated costs) via litigation in a Court application.

02

Family Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS) is a subsidised mediation service which assists spearating families to communicate with each other and enter into agreements as to what to do with property, children and other issues that may otherwise under the Family Law Act.

According to the Family Law Act, parties are required to attend FDRS to obtain a s60i Certificate (or be subject to a prescribed exemption) before proceeding to litigate in the family courts.

This service can assist many Mums and Dads to work out their property and parenting without escalating it to the attention of a family lawyer.

05

Can we do Mediation or a Round Table Conference?

The family law process is designed to encourage parties to mediate together and enter into negotiated settlements.

 

If both parties are willing to negotiate and make compromises, you may be able to detemrine a family law property settlement simply via mediaiton.

If you are unable to negotiate with the other side, you will need to engage with a FDRS mediation service and obtain a s60i Certificate before you proceed to file a Court application.

Whether or not you have filed a Court application, you may engage in a sit-down conference with your lawyers or other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) measures.

03

Can I make Money and Property Arrangements?

If you have separated from your partner, it is ideal if you are able to make an agreement with your spouse as to how you will divide your assets, liabilities and superannuation from the relationship.

If you have been able to enter an agreement, we recommend that you enlist the assistance of a solicitor to draft formal Consent Orders. This document gives the Court's authority to your agreement.

If you have not been able to negotiate an agreement with the other side, you may need to speak to a solicitor to advocate on your behalf, negotiate, attend mediation or litigate.

06

What does the Court do in making Consent Orders?

You can apply to the Court for Consent Orders at any time, although you must file property proceedings within 12 months of a divorce or 24 months of a de facto relationship ending.

If you apply for a property settlement, the Court will consider the assets and liabilities of the relationship, the financial and non-financial contributions, the parties' future needs and whether the proposed orders are "just and equitable" in the circumstances.

Once your Application for Consent Orders has been finalised and signed by both parties, it will be filed with the Court. A Registrar will then review the Consent Orders to ensure compliance with the Family Law Act before releasing the sealed Court Orders (if they are in fact accepted by the Court).