Can I do my property family law matter myself? DIY Divorce
There are a number of ways that you can DIY your family law matter and you can do as much or as little as you would like and engage us to help you with the parts you don’t want to do.
We can outline what you need to do and how to allow you to do your property family law matter on your own or we can be “on call” to assist you from time to time.
Many clients come to us for initial advice to find out where they stand legally and to find out their options in terms of resolving the matter themselves.
We are happy to meet with clients to go through the process (see our other articles on the process, which is the process to be followed regardless if you are resolving your matter by consent or through the assistance of the Court). Once we have gone through the process, you will have a clearer idea of what you are legally entitled to and why.
With this information, we encourage our clients to sit down with their former partner (if possible) and have discussions about resolving the matter by consent. If you are able to reach agreement, we outline to you how you can either lodge an Application for Consent Orders on your own through the Court or we can help you to minimise your costs by getting you to fill out the documents to the best of your ability and then have our office review and complete the application and draft orders.
Alternatively, if you cannot reach agreement with your former spouse, we can explain the Court process to you and show you the forms you need to complete for the Court. We can outline what information you need to include and we welcome you to prepare an initial draft on your own and then we can review and edit the documents if need be. Alternatively, we can draft these documents for you and then you can decide if you want to represent yourself at Court proceedings or have our office represent you.
There are a number of ways to keep your legal costs down and we are happy to assist you in ensuring your legal rights are protected and ensure that you are properly informed about the legal process.
For more advice in relation to your matter, please do not hesitate to contact us. Click here for our contact details.