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property less adversarial trials


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

Kerry White

The Family Court has developed a trial process aimed at minimising the negative impact that an adversarial trial can have on the parties involved, especially the children.

The Family Court takes a less adversarial approach to trials in child-related proceedings. This means a trial in a child-related proceeding.

  • Is focused on the children and their future
  • Is flexible so that it can meet the needs of particular situations
  • Is anticipated to be less costly compared to traditional trials and will save time in court
  • Is less adversarial and less formal than is usually the case in a court.

Key features of less adversarial trials

Key features include.

  • The trial starts when the parties first meet the judge
  • The judge controls the hearing process and its inquiry, not the lawyers
  • The judge concentrates on getting the best information from all parties about the specific needs of the children
  • A family consultant is in court from the first day as an expert adviser to the judge and parties
  • The parties can speak directly to the judge and explain in their own words their case and what they want for their children
  • The judge, rather than the parties or their lawyers, decides how the trial is run
  • The same judge and family consultant deal with the matter throughout the trial

The Armstrong Legal Canberra team is highly experienced in less adversarial trials. Our specialist family law solicitors focus on the best solution for the children. We look at their future, individual situations and the stability of the child whilst reducing costs and time spent in court.


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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