We sometimes offer our services on a flexible payment basis depending upon your circumstances, the nature of your matter, our current workload and the merits and complexity of your matter. This is typically done for property settlements in the Family Court. However, it never hurts to ask!
If you want us to consider acting for you on a flexible payment basis, please let us know during your initial consultation. We will need the following (where applicable) to consider your request:
1. Any letters/documents from any previous lawyer;
2. Any letters/documents from your former partner or their lawyer;
3. Any Family Court documents/orders or Violence Restraining Orders;
4. Your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (if you have one);
5. A list of you and your former partner's assets and liabilities; and
6. Any documents in relation to you and your former partner’s financial affairs.
A network of Family Relationship Centres provide a range of information and services that can help you with relationship difficulties prior to a relationship breaking down and after separation. The centres can provide referrals and individual sessions as well as Family Dispute Resolution at no cost. Ongoing Family Dispute Resolution may attract fees depending on your circumstances. When appropriate, we recommend clients engage in Family Dispute Resolution as it can avoid, or at least help to reduce, legal costs.
Community Legal Centres and the Citzen's Advice Bureau offer low or no cost services in various areas of law. Again, there are usually qualifying conditions and you should contact individual centres to find out what conditions apply to their services. Details of Community Legal Centres can be found here or through our resources page.
DIY is an option for some people. This can be with or without some background support from a lawyer, Legal Aid, CLC or other service. A range of DIY resources are available and some are listed on our resources page and our blog.