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NSW What to Expect on Day of Property Settlement Hearing?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by Mum79bronte, 7 August 2016.

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  1. Mum79bronte

    Mum79bronte Active Member

    17 August 2015
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    Is there any negotiating between parties on the day of the hearing? That is what happened on our property settlement hearing and we just went in and the judge made the orders.

    I am self-representing and my ex has a solicitor and there is an ICL.

    Just wondering what to expect?
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

    23 July 2014
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    Absolutely, there will be plenty of opportunities to negotiate on the day of hearing, and the Court encourages parties to do so.
  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

    28 April 2014
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    You can, as they say "negotiate on the steps of the court".
    It's an everyday thing, and the court encourages it.

    And if you can reach an agreement, then the court can make "consent orders",
    that is, court orders to which all parties consent.
    That can make your agreement enforceable later.

    On the day, make sure the court knows you are making one last attempt to reach an agreement.
    They might move you down the list of cases for the day, which might give you a little more time.
    And even if still doesn't work, because you kept trying right up to the last possible moment,
    you can tend to look "reasonable" in the eyes of the court.
    And looking like the reasonable and sensible one is never a bad thing.

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