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property concilliation conference

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

Kerry White

A conciliation conference is a chance for an agreement to be reached with your former spouse. It is an opportunity to reach an amicable settlement away from court and will save you time, stress and money.

Armstrong Legal Canberra have years of experience in preparing our clients for property conciliation conferences. Our family lawyers will equip you with an understanding of your legal rights and obligations throughout the conciliation process.

Contact Armstrong Legal Canberra for practical legal advice concerning preparation for your property conciliation conference.

What needs to be done before my property conciliation conference?

To make sure the time spent in conciliation is utilised properly, both parties must hand over information to the court and to each other prior to the conference.

  • In financial matters, both parties must exchange relevant financial documents. These must be exchanged at least 2-days prior to the case assessment conference. These include:

    • Superannuation documents
    • Each party's three most recent tax returns / assessments
    • For a corporation / trust / partnership where the party has a duty of disclosure, financial statements for the last three years
    • Party / corporation / trust / partnership with a duty of disclosure, any business activity statements for the twelve months until the first court date
    • Trust : the trust deed
    • Partnership : the partnership agreement
    • Corporation: most recent annual return listing directors and shareholders. Also the corporation's constitution
    • A market appraisal of any item of property to which a party has an interest
  • At the case assessment conference, the Court will give you instructions about what must be before the conciliation conference. The instructions include that, within 28 days after the conference, each party must, exchange documents relevant to the financial issues as the registrar orders. The documents required may include documents which should have been exchanged prior to the case assessment conference but have not yet been exchanged and any other documents required containing evidence about.

    • The financial matters outlined in your and the other party's financial statement
    • Financial contributions made when the parties began living together
    • Any inheritances, gifts or compensation payments received after the parties began living together
    • Any purchase or disposal of property in the 12 months prior to and since the separation and any increase or reduction of liabilities since separation
    • The value of any superannuation interest of a party, including the basis on which the value has been calculated and any documents used to work out that value.
  • You must:

    • File and serve a financial questionnaire (link) within 21 days after the case assessment conference
    • Prepare with the other party and file a balance sheet as follows - in summary.
    • The applicant must prepare and send to the respondent an initial balance sheet within 28 days (it may be sent electronically)
    • The respondent must prepare and send an amended balance sheet within 21 days after receiving the initial draft
    • The applicant must then complete the balance sheet and file it with the Court within a further 14 days.

Note - It is important that you disclose all facts and documents relevant to your application. Failure to do so can delay a settlement, result in increased costs or an order for you to pay the other party's costs. It may also lead to the Court making a greater order for a property settlement in favour of the other party.

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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