It is widely accepted that many parties to family law proceedings in the family law courts are self-represented due to the prohibitive costs involved in using a lawyer.
The family law courts are accustomed to self-represented litigants and unlike the civil law courts, the family law courts try to offer a degree of flexibility in trying to accommodate self-represented litigants.
Typically an uncomplicated contested family law matter might cost between $20,000 and $40,000 for each party. Often the cost is ultimately funded from the equity in the family home which is sold to meet legal costs.
Turbo Legal offers a less expensive alternative where our clients make most, if not all, court appearances on their own behalf, but we assist by preparing all of the critical legal documents necessary to be filed along the way. We also offer ongoing advice on strategic and the practical day to day aspects of the matter.
Under the DIY arrangement your legal costs can be controlled and referable to the specific task being undertaken by us. For example, you might require us to prepare your initiating application and supporting affidavit to be filed in either the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court. The document draft will be prepared by an experienced family law lawyer and emailed to you for consideration and feedback. Once you are satisfied with the document, we will guide you in relation to the subsequent procedural requirements of filing and service. Any court correspondence thereafter will be sent directly to you. We will remain on standby ready to assist at any time as your matter proceeds. How much assistance you require will depend on your financial resources. We will do as much or as little as you require. We can assist you to spend your limited funds in the most cost effective way. For example, if you have a limited budget you may wish to engage us to prepare your pleadings (initiating application or response) but to appear at the interim or final hearings on your behalf. This way your money is being spent on the critical parts of the process. You will be left to attend to the more trivial and routine administrative or procedural matters.
We can also represent you on a full service basis where we take care of every task from start to finish.
It is always our wish that your family law dispute can be resolved without resort to costly and time consuming litigation, not to mention the emotional toll it takes on both the parties and the children of the relationship.
Turbo Legal can also assist with the negotiation and preparation of consent orders involving parenting and or property matters.
All of our family law packages are offered to you at a fixed or capped fee with flexible payment arrangements considered depending on your circumstances.
Contact us now for a free no obligation consultation.