Federal Ciruit and Family Court of Australia: What happens if we go to Court?

Going to Court is a last resort. It is a costly process, both financially and emotionally.

If you can honestly say that through your genuine effort, you were unable to reach agreement with your former partner, including with your own lawyers or through Family Dispute Resolution, then going to Court is your final option.

It is also the better option if a child is at risk of harm or family violence/abuse poses a threat to a child's safety.

Attending court can be a daunting experience, especially when it comes to parenting matters. The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia is responsible for hearing these types of cases and provides guidance on what to expect when attending court for parenting matters.

A Parenting matter involves disputes between parents or guardians regarding the care, welfare, and development of their children. This can include issues such as parental responsibility, care arrangements, and child support.

When attending court for a parenting matter, it is important to arrive early. This will give you time to find the correct courtroom and familiarize yourself with the layout of the court. You should also bring any relevant documents with you, such as court orders or evidence to support your case.

It is important to dress appropriately for court. The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia recommends dressing conservatively and avoiding flashy or revealing clothing. This is to ensure that the focus remains on the case and not on the appearance of those attending.

When entering the courtroom, it is important to be respectful and courteous to all parties involved, including the judge, lawyers, and other attendees. It is also important to turn off all electronic devices and refrain from eating or drinking in the courtroom.

During the hearing, the judge will listen to both sides of the case and may ask questions to clarify any issues. It is important to be honest and respectful when answering these questions. The judge will then make a decision based on the evidence presented and the best interests of the child.

Attending court for a parenting matter can be emotionally charged, but it is important to remain calm and composed. The judge will make a decision based on the evidence presented, and it is important to respect their decision, even if it is not what you were hoping for.

Christine Bennett offers Family Dispute Resolution and Marriage Counselling in Crows Nest, Central Coast NSW and online.

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