A revised Application for Consent Orders form addressing the new de facto regime has been finalised. The main change to the form is that a new Part G has been inserted addressing de facto financial causes. Other consequential amendments have been made elsewhere in the document including renumbering the document from that part forward. The form will be available on the Family Court website at www.familycourt.gov.au and printed consent order kits will be available in all registries shortly.
Parties who are in the process of finalising their arrangements for draft consent orders may have done so utilising the previous Application for Consent Orders form and in order to allow parties who have almost concluded their negotiations to utilise the previous form, parties may lodge the Application for Consent Orders form in the version which was in force on 28 February 2009 until 31 May 2009.
If parties are seeking orders in a de facto financial cause and use the version which was in force on 28 February 2009, further information will be required to satisfy the Court as to jurisdiction. For your convenience, a template affidavit addressing the matters in the new Part G and other relevant sections (eg the amended questions at Items 17 and 22) will be available on the website.
Family Court of Australia
27 February 2009