VIC Wife has Lawyers for Property Settlement - What Now?

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  1. RBennet05

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    So a few weeks ago, I received a letter from a lawyer stating that my wife had hired them to assist her with a property settlement.

    Up until this point, I assumed that the wife and I could amicably sort out our affairs without involving lawyers and the courts but I guess I was wrong. They have sent me an initiating application and a financial statement and I'm guessing that I will need to do the same.

    The lawyers are asking me to provide them with a bunch of documents including my tax returns and bank balances. Is this legal?

    I'm not really interested in hiring a full-time lawyer, but I would like to pay someone to write my documents. I can show up at court if required and do not need someone for this process.

    Does anyone know of a law office that can assist me here? I'm located in Melbourne if it makes any difference.

    Thank you
     
  2. sammy01

    sammy01 Well-Known Member

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    I'd suggest you write back to the ex's solicitors and ask them to supply the same documents on behalf of the ex. Are there kids involved?
     
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    nat 2015 Well-Known Member

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    My ex lawyer refused to give me any documents, I sent everything they asked for, but when I asked the same in return I was ignored. Sucks big time
     
  4. CSFLW

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    Hi RBennet

    If you have been sent the Initiating Application and Financial Statement, your ex-wife's lawyers my have filed proceedings.

    Do the documents have a red-stamp on them?
     
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  5. Rod

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    Yes. In fact it is a mandatory step in property settlements. The experiences of some here have indicated it doesn't always happen as expected, and this is an example where having a lawyer assist when things don't work out as expected.

    I'm a big believer in ADR but it doesn't work if the other side just refuses to cooperate.

    At a minimum you should prepare a response, and financial statement. Is there an affidavit with the application?

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