Family Law Solicitors Melbourne
Nobody wants to go to court. At Testart Family Lawyers, we encourage all forms of alternative dispute resolution by our family lawyers in Malvern, Camberwell, Balwyn, Hawthorn & Melbourne.
We know the inside of a courtroom, so we can do our best to ensure that you won’t need to spend any unnecessary time or expense with the court process. We have nationally accredited mediators. And if your matter does require going to court, we can meet all of your family law needs, appearing on your behalf at interim hearings, conciliation conferences, final hearings and appeals.
At Testart Family Lawyers, we specialise in family law Melbourne, Kew, Hawthorn, Balwyn and Camberwell including:
- Property and Financial Settlements
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Binding Financial Agreements
- De Facto and Same Sex Relationships
- Childrens’ and Parenting Orders (including child custody, shared parenting, access to children, children’s living arrangements and relocation)
- Family Violence and Intervention Order Applications
- Contravention applications
- Spousal Maintenance
- Child Support
- Hague Convention applications
How can we help you?
FAQs: Family Lawyers Melbourne
Do all family law matters have to go to Family Court?
No. Family law matters can often be resolved outside of court with the help of a specialist, nationally accredited mediator. In fact, only a small percentage of family law proceedings are resolved by a court determination with family court lawyers – the vast majority are settled outside of the formal court process.
Do I need to hire a family court lawyer in Melbourne or can I represent myself?
Yes, you can represent yourself in family court in Australia but in most cases it is not advisable to do so. While you may save money in the short term by not hiring a family lawyer, you risk not giving yourself the best possible chance to achieve the outcome you want. There’s often a lot at stake in family court proceedings and in most cases the risks of self representation outweigh any short term benefits.
How long do Family Court hearings take?
Most family court hearings are settled within a year of proceeding. However, there is no standard time for hearings and some are known to take as long as 2-3 years. Speak to a family lawyer in Melbourne at Testart Family Lawyers to get an idea of what to expect with your specific case.