The objective of a Conciliation Conference is to help you (the parties) reach an agreement on the financial and parenting issues arising from the breakdown of your relationship with a view of reaching resolution and agreement. Rachael Scharrer, divorce expert and founder of DivorceAnswered.com.au, shares the process leading to and throughout a Conciliation Conference as well as a few tips and considerations which can help prepare you if and when you are asked to attend a conciliation conference.
BEFORE CONCILIATION CONFERENCE, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO ATTEND A CASE ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE. At the case assessment there are four requirements:
WHEN THE CASE ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE ISN’T SUCCESSFUL, you may be asked to attend a Conciliation Conference.
A conciliation conference is an opportunity for each party to make a concerted effort to compromise, settle and resolve their financial dispute and occasional/limited parenting dispute. The Court may order the Conciliation Conference to occur with or without the party’s consent. It is a confidential “without prejudice” conference. By resolving the matter at the Conciliation Conference, you will be saving a lot of money in further legal fees and disputes.
If the Court does make the Conciliation Conference an Order, both parties must attend in person and they may have legal representation present. Also attending, or adjudicating, will be a Judge, Registrar or court appointed personnel. If the court orders the conciliation conference, then your attendance is mandatory. It is best to attend so that you are able to make timely decisions.
BEFORE THE CONFERENCE:
IN PREPARATION FOR THE CONCILIATION CONFERENCE:
THE DAY BEFORE THE CONCILIATION HEARING:
AT THE CONCILIATION HEARING:
IF YOU ARE ABLE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT:
IF THERE IS NO RESOLUTION:
A Conciliation Conference is a worthwhile step in the divorce process and one which can open the lines of communication with your ex-spouse, while having the support of your legal counsel inside the framework of the courts and with the expectation of reaching some sense of finality to the parenting and/or financial matters.
The Court wants to give you and your ex-spouse every opportunity to come to an agreement. No Judge, or any other person, wants to be making life-changing and life-long decisions for someone else. Attending and reaching an agreement at a Conciliation Conference is your opportunity to take some control over the final agreement or outcome.
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