Reach agreement with your partner instead of going to Court
You may be able to reach agreement through:
If agreement is reached you may apply for Consent Orders at the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court to achieve finality, certainty and enforceability in the agreement.
Note: It is a requirement to pursue alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or negotiation, prior to commencing any Court proceedings.
As Lawyers generally charge by time, you can save their time - and therefore your money - by promptly providing all documents and information requested by them.
A Family Law lawyer is required to disclose how his or her costs are calculated. They should provide you with a written Costs Agreement at the outset and an estimation of the likely costs of the action. If the matter does not resolve and progresses into Court action, then your lawyer will be required to provide you with an update on estimated costs as the matter progresses.
Note: Property transferred between spouses pursuant to a Court Order may avoid stamp duty and capital gains tax. The retention of a property by one of the spouses will also avoid the costs of selling which can reduce the share received by each spouse.