About 95% of Family Court cases settle before a judge has to make a decision. So why not divorce without court at the beginning, rather than spending 2 to 3 years of your life in the Family Court only to settle in the end anyway?
Options to reach a family law agreement without Court
There are several ways you can reach a consensual family agreement and divorce without court.
Many couples come to us having negotiated their family law agreement between themselves 'around the kitchen table'.
However, often we are asked to make an agreement into court orders so that there is certainty. If you are dividing property, it is critical to have formally binding Family Court Orders or a Binding Financial Agreement. Writing it out yourselves is not legally binding and can cause lots of unnecessaray dramas - including paying stamp duty when you don't need to!
If you come to us to formalise your agreement, we are required to give you legal advice. This also gives you peace of mind that the agreement will be acceptable to the Family Court - they won't just rubber stamp it if it isn't 'just and equitable'.
We prepare family law consent orders for a fixed fee.
Mediation is a popular way to divorce without court.
In Mediation you work with a neutral family law mediator who assists you to reach agreement.
We have represented countless clients at mediation and find that it is very effective to resolve matters even if they are already in the Family Court System.