Child and parenting cases
Believe it or not, most disputes are resolved amicably through negotiations by agreement.
Informal agreements can be formalised into enforceable court orders through the preparation and filing of a Form 11 Application for Consent Orders at the Family Court of WA. Legal advice is optional when entering into Consent Orders, but highly recommended to ensure your rights are protected while your exposure to risk and unintended consequences are minimised as much as possible.
If you are involved in proceedings at the Family Court of WA, you can resolve your case by agreement at any time up until a judicial determination is made. The case is finalised through the filing of a Minute of Consent Orders. The terms of any parenting orders sought must be made in the best interests of the child or children. If you are self-represented, you should obtain independent legal advice before agreeing to sign a Minute of Consent Orders. If you are legally represented, you may wish to consider getting a second opinion before signing the terms of any proposed Minute of Consent Orders.
From time to time, situations arise where one party seeks to enforce the agreement against the other or set the agreement aside altogether. In those circumstances, you ought to promptly seek independent legal advice about your rights, obligations, and prospects of success.