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Going to Family Court

Starting legal proceedings in the Family Court is a formal way to resolve your legal issues. Learn what steps to take.

 

How does the Family Court of WA deal with a case

The Family Court can help resolve your dispute when you have been to family dispute resolution for a children's issues case, or tried yourself to work out your financial/property settlement dispute, but have not reached an agreement.  More...

 

   

Pre-filing procedures

Pre-filing procedures are the steps that you must take to try to resolve your differences and come to an agreement before you can file an application to start a case in the Family Court of WA.  More... 

Case assessment conference 

The first appearance in Family Court; this will be attended by all parties involved in the case, their lawyers, and a family consultant who's role is to assist everyone negotiate an agreement, and work out the issues in the case to present to the court.  More...

Can children speak in the Family Court

Children can, but do not have to, express their views on parenting issues including amounts of time they want to spend with you or the other parties in your case. If the child choses to speak then the family consultant prepares a report to present to the court. Children cannot talk directly to the court.  More... 

 

Independent children's lawyer (ICL) in the Family Court

The independent children's lawyer (ICL) is a lawyer appointed by the Family Court to represent the child's interests in parenting order cases. The ICL's job is to look at all of the evidence in the case and tell the court what they think is in the best interests of the child.  More...

 

Independent expert (including property matters)

If your case involves parenting/children's issues the Family Court may order a child psychologist or psychiatrist to make an assessment of you and the other parties and the children, and then report to the court.  More...

 

 Last reviewed: 01/09/2010 

Last Modified: 22/03/2011

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