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Contact Armstrong Legal:
Canberra: (02) 6288 1100
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448

Kerry White

Family Reports are ordered by the Court. Family reports assist the federal Magistrate in making decisions and arrangements for your children. Family Reports are also used as an aid to settle the matter.

Family Consultants are psychologists or social workers appointed by the Court who specialise in working with families, and in particular, with children. Attendance at the family consultation is compulsory. The Family Consultant may also interview others of significance in your child's life eg. Grandparents & friends.

The series of interviews can occur both individually and together. You will need to advise your Family Consultant if you have any special requirements. Children are commonly interviewed separately. The information attained by the Family Consultant will include the issues in dispute, the views and wishes of your children and the past and current parenting arrangements and each party's availability for the future. The information that you or your children provide to the Family Consultant is not confidential and is admissible in Court. The Family Consultant will include all relevant information provided as well as their own observations during the consultations. They may also seek your permission to contact third parties such as doctors, teachers and other professionals for expert opinion.

You will receive a copy of the Family Report before attending Court. If you disagree with the findings of the report these can be challenged through a cross examination of the Family Consultant.

If you would like to know more or to book an appointment, please contact us at Armstrong Legal and talk to one of our specialist family law solicitors on 02 9261 4555.


where to next?

Taking the next step and contacting a family lawyer can be scary. Our lawyers will make you feel comfortable so you can talk about your situation. But first, ask yourself, Do I really need a lawyer?

Why Choose Armstrong Legal?

Contact Armstrong Legal:
Canberra: (02) 6288 1100
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448

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