If your case is being heard in the Family Court, you will attend ‘events’ that aim to help you and your former partner resolve your dispute.

The court events you will most likely attend will vary depending on whether your case is about parenting, financial or both parenting and financial issues:

Parenting disputes

The events you are most likely to attend for parenting cases will be managed by a registrar, a family consultant and/or a judge.

Registrar managed court events

A registrar is a court lawyer. Registrar managed events are aimed at preparing your case for trial if a judicial decision is necessary and giving you and your former partner the opportunity to reach agreement without the need for a judicial decision.

Family consultant managed court events

In most parenting cases, you will go through the child responsive program with a family consultant (a court psychologist or social worker).

You will most likely go through the following events:

  1. Initial procedural hearing in a parenting case (run by a registrar)
  2. Child responsive program (run by a family consultant)
  3. Procedural hearing after the child responsive program (run by a registrar)

If after these events, you and your former partner have not reached an agreement, your case will progress to judge managed events.

Judge managed court events

Judge managed events are called trials. Parenting cases will generally go to a less adversarial trial with a judge. Financial issues may be considered by a judge as part of a less adversarial trial if both parties agree and the judge permits this.

Magellan

Parenting cases that come to the Family Court that involve allegations of sexual abuse or serious physical abuse of a child go through the Court’s Magellan program.

Duty of disclosure

You have a duty to disclose to the Court and each other party all information relevant to an issue in the case. This includes information and documents that the other parties may not know about. This duty starts with the pre-action procedure before the case starts and continues until the case is finalised.

See the Duty of disclosure brochure for more information.

Financial disputes

The events you are most likely to attend for financial cases are:

Registrar managed events

A registrar is a court lawyer. Registrar managed events are aimed at preparing your case for trial if a judicial decision is necessary and giving you and your former partner the opportunity to reach agreement without the need for a judicial decision.

The steps/events involved in financial cases before a registrar includes:

  1. Case assessment conference
  2. Conciliation conference (if appropriate)
  3. Procedural hearing

Judge managed events

Judge managed events are called trials. Trials about financial issues will go through the events below unless both parties and the judge agree that the trial will be heard as a less adversarial trial.

Duty of disclosure

You have a duty to disclose to the Court and each other party all information relevant to an issue in the case. This includes information and documents that the other parties may not know about. This duty starts with the pre-action procedure before the case starts and continues until the case is finalised.

See the Duty of disclosure brochure for more information.

Disputes about both parenting and financial issues

The events you are most likely to attend for parenting and financial cases will be managed by a registrar, a family consultant and/or a judge.

Registrar managed court events

A registrar is a court lawyer. Registrar managed events are aimed at preparing your case for trial if a judicial decision is necessary and giving you and your former partner the opportunity to reach agreement without the need for a judicial decision.

Family consultant managed court events

In most parenting cases, you will go through the child responsive program with a family consultant (a court psychologist or social worker).

You will most likely go through the following events:

  1. Case assessment conference
  2. Child responsive program (run by a family consultant)
  3. Conciliation conference (if appropriate)
  4. Procedural hearing

Judge managed court events

The judge will decide which court events will be held to decide both the parenting and financial aspects of your case. Financial issues may be considered by a judge as part of a less adversarial trial if both parties agree and the judge permits this.

Magellan

Parenting cases that come to the Family Court that involve allegations of sexual abuse or serious physical abuse of a child go through the Court’s Magellan program.

Duty of disclosure

You have a duty to disclose to the Court and each other party all information relevant to an issue in the case. This includes information and documents that the other parties may not know about. This duty starts with the pre-action procedure before the case starts and continues until the case is finalised.

See the Duty of disclosure brochure for more information.

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