In Newcastle, you can expect to be stuck in court for about 18 months or more before the trial date.
To avoid the cost and delay of court proceedings, here are the 4 things you need to do before filing:
1. Obtain legal advice – obtaining advice early can help you understand what needs to be done to achieve a settlement, including:
a. Your rights and entitlements in a property settlement; and
b. What parenting arrangements are in the best interests of the children
2. In financial matters – exchanging full and frank disclosure of each party’s financial circumstances so that each of you understand the nature and effect of any settlement proposals
3. Correspond with the other party – which may include:
a. Notifying the other party of your intention to make a claim for property settlement and/or settle the arrangements for the children;
b. Making an offer of settlement, if appropriate; and
c. Inviting the other party to family dispute resolution
4. Attending Family Dispute Resolution – a type of mediation specially designed to assist parties resolve their disputes after their relationship has ended.