Prior to your initial Appointment we request you email our office the following information for our records:
- Your/your partner’s full legal name and any other names you/they are known as
- Your/your partner’s date of birth
- Dates started living together/married/separated
- Names and date of births of any children born of the relationship/from prior relationships
- Your contact telephone numbers
- Your residential address
- Postal, email and SMS addresses*
- If making an email enquiry, brief details of your legal issue
*Tip:Unfortunately there are parties who engage in unscrupulous and frankly illegal behavior to intercept their partner’s private information. Consider changing your passwords on your email and phone/ipad/ipod accounts so that correspondence and communications from our office will not be intercepted by your partner or an unwanted third party.
Would you please bring the following original documents with you to your initial appointment:
- Your driver’s licence
- Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
- Pension/health care card (if applicable)
- Any court orders made in relation to you and your partner/your children
- Any letters from your partner’s lawyer to you
- Current statements of bank balances, mortgage balances, credit card balances, superannuation balances (if a financial case)
If a financial case, be prepared to answer questions about property owned by both of you at the start of the relationship, money contributions made by each of you/others for your benefit during the relationship and what assets and liabilities are in both parties names at the current date.
Disclosure and Evidence
Pursuant to the Family Law Rules, parties to a case have a duty to make timely, full and frank disclosure of all information relevant to the issues in dispute before starting a case in Court and until a case is finalised.*
Read the Family Law Courts Brochures titled:
- Before you file – pre-action procedure for financial cases
- Before you file – pre-action procedure for parenting cases
- Duty of disclosure
Your disclosure, disclosure needed from the other party and the documentary evidence needed to prove your case will be discussed with you at your first appointment.
*Tip:Playing games of hide and seek with disclosure or delaying or withholding disclosure increase your legal fees, delay resolution of a case, will leave you without legal representation and may lead to court sanctions. Your game with disclosure should be one of show and tell.
Your estate planning should be reviewed on the breakdown of your relationship to ensure that your intended beneficiaries receive your deceased estate, your super death benefits and to ensure that your former partner no longer has power to deal with your personal and financial matters should you become mentally incapacitated during your lifetime. If possible, bring a copy of your current Will and current Enduring Power of Attorney to your initial appointment.