I'm still trying to get my head around family court process. Am I right in following these steps? Mediation first or exemption certificate. Lodge form 1 initial application with interim parenting and property settlement orders desired or you can leave off property settlement orders and just do parenting orders to begin with, so I'm told. This includes an affidavit. Can I reference evidence documents in this initial application? I'm lost after all the lawyers I've seen and starting to realise I need to understand the process myself. One lawyer mentioned something about a pre-something trial. She was waffling along a million miles an hour using terms I would need to be a lawyer myself to understand. Where does it go from here ? Do they make an initial decision at the initial hearing about where the child stays or visitation by the other parent and a set date for proper hearing e.g. 6 months down the track or a no sooner than date? I'll be lodging a form 4 also but don't want to complicate this question. Any help on family law appreciated. I'll keep reading but getting a little lost in WA Court proceedings.