Posts Tagged “lawyer”


24 ways to stretch your legal budget during divorce

There are more people than ever before using the Family Courts. The vast majority of the separating population are not able to afford unlimited legal representation. Equally, more and more people are self-representing and, understandably, they...

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The Importance Of Following Professional Advice and Recommendations

Failing to follow the recommendations of any professional throughout the divorce process could have undesired consequences. Depending on your court case, your lawyer, appointed judge and other professionals, you may not like the outcomes that are either...

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De Facto Relationship Myths Debunked

All too often we hear couples in long term relationships say that “marriage is only a piece of paper” or “we didn’t get married because we don’t want to get divorced.” Unfortunately, these couples don’t realise that they are actually part...

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Baby Boomer De Facto Relationships Exposed

Many Baby Boomers (people born post World War II, between 1946 and 1964) often recouple when in a financially sound situation. They couple for many reasons, primarily for companionship. Rachael Scharrer, founder of online resource DivorceAnswered.com.au has exposed the lesser known truths about ...

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What To Do If You Can't Afford A Lawyer

It is stressful if you are on a budget and wondering how you will meet the costs of a lawyer. Retaining a family lawyer from start to finish may mean an overwhelming invoice at the end. Similarly, not hiring a lawyer could be a mistake...

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Mixed Emotions About Settling Out of Court

Have you ever known a person who says one thing and does the opposite? Do you know a person who keeps changing their mind or is incredibly fickle? Try making an offer for settlement with this unknown entity! I have been asked by my ex-spouse to ...

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Should You Self-Represent In Court?

Divorcing isn’t easy and there is a lot of sweat and tears wasted before you can experience the ‘silver lIf you asked me "should I represent myself in court" a couple of years ago, my answer would have been emphatically “YES!”. However, my answer today is “NO!” Some Judges are ...

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Saving Time and Money With Your Lawyer at The First Consultation

Be as prepared as possible to make the most of your time with your lawyer - by improving the efficiency of the information transfer, you will have more time to get the answers you need...

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When to Consult a Barrister

Have you thought of bypassing a lawyer and starting with a barrister? It is possible. First and foremost, fill out the Divorce Answered Separation Statement. For a small fee, the form will save you hundreds of dollars in your first appointment (with your legal counsel) and assist in writing your affidavit submission. As you can…

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How to Select a Great Lawyer

Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start and what to look for in the quest to find your lawyer. Below are a few ideas to help you along this path. In your quest to find a good lawyer; Ask friends and family for a referral for a family lawyer that they have…

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What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL)?

The Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) is an independent, unbiased legal representation for the children of a divorce that acts in and has the best interests of its clients (the children). The ICL is generally appointed when coordinating parenting orders if the case involves mental health concerns, violence, abuse, high conflict, neither parent has legal representation …

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The 12 Commandments of Court Manners; What to expect at a hearing/interim hearing/mention

Court can be daunting. There are so many do’s and don’ts … here are a few for you to consider and keep in mind; “Dress to Impress.” While you don’t have to wear a suit, you do need to dress respectfully. Consult your lawyer regarding what they recommend, in their opinion, as suitable attire regarding…

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Five Ways to Reduce Your Legal Fees

Below are five easy and simple ways to keep your legal fees to a manageable standard Be self-represented – you become the recipient of all communications and pay for advice of a lawyer as needed. Representing yourself in court will save a lot of money in time “standing around” waiting for a mention. You might…

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To Court Or Not To Court

The 2014 divorce statistics continue to be staggering according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It found that 46,498 individuals were granted divorce that year and divorces involving children represent a staggering 47% equating to 40,152 children affected (or 1.8 children per marriage). How many of these divorces went to court or were settled out…

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Parenting Orders/Plans and Court

Below are a few items for consideration when collating your parenting plan – be it the Divorce Answered Parenting Plan, the Divorce Answered Separation Statement, something you are creating yourself or personal expectations that you need to manage. No plan, no divorce! Did you know that if you don’t have a parenting plan in place,…

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