Inner West Family Court Representation

Court Proceedings

Minors Family Law can assist in the event that you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement in relation to any family law matters.

We can provide you with family law advice regarding filing or applying for financial orders against your spouse as well as representing you in The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia where necessary.

Speak to a Family Lawyer about court proceedings today!

Need help now? Contact us for a complimentary 15-minute consultation with one of our Family Law Experts.

What are Court Proceedings?

Court proceedings are generally initiated after a relationship separation where parenting agreements and division of property or other monetary assets need to be decided upon. This can happen in one of two ways:

  • Either formally or informally divide up your assets between you and your spouse, which doesn’t require attending family court, or;
  • If you can’t reach an agreement, you can request court orders in regards to property settlement, child support and other spousal maintenance.

Regardless of the situation, most couples would generally prefer to resolve their disputes without the need for lengthy court proceedings. However unfortunately, this is not always the case as complex family dynamics make things a little more difficult to manage without professional legal representation.

Representation in The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

The Court Proceedings Process explained


Step one

An application which includes several documents is filed to request the commencement of court proceedings.


Step two

If the application is approved by the court, it is then served upon the responding spouse or his/her lawyers.


Step three

The First Court Event will be appointed in which the attendance of both spouses is required.


Step four

The responding spouse must file in response to the matter.


Following steps

Proceedings will begin whereby each party have stated their position on the matter at hand with the goal of reaching an outcome through negotiation and mediation.

Reaching an agreement

Things to know

The complexity or severity of your legal matters may require couples to partake in what are known as pre-action procedures. These are compulsory if your matters proceed in The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and aim to resolve disputes informally first if possible.

Depending on which specific matter you’d like to request orders for, the processes for child support, spouse maintenance and the division of assets may differ.

Oftentimes great family law advice can influence couples to make a second attempt at resolution as they become progressively involved in court proceedings.

It’s important to know that both parties may negotiate an agreement even after the court process has begun. If an agreement is reached during this time, the matters can be settled much earlier and far less costly.

What you can expect from us

Quality legal advice without the hefty fees

We’re a smaller family law firm with the expertise of a large one meaning you receive the same quality legal advice without the hefty fees, commissions and hourly rates.

People helping people

At Minors Family Law, we’re essentially people helping people. When we commit to you as a client, we’re right by your side until your case is finalised and we achieve a result.

Professional, personalised approach

Our professionals pride themselves on working in their client’s best interests whilst evaluating and advising them with a more personal and individualistic approach.


We’ll be working with you to achieve a mutual goal providing you with full transparency and understanding every step of the way – we’ll never ask you to follow through with suggestions that you aren’t 100% comfortable with.


We like to discuss issues with our clients with an upfront and succinct approach while establishing a plan of resolution. 

High Success Rate

We boast a particularly high success rate when it comes to dispute resolution seeing clients in a much more improved position than they were prior to our services. 

Louise Longhurst
Louise Longhurst
Minors Family Law guided an elderly family member through an arduous property settlement. The team acted with professionalism, honesty and integrity throughout. They provided succinct legal advice, executed efficiently, and with calmness and kindness. We recommend unreservedly.
Neale Kant
Neale Kant
Ashleigh has been wonderful throughout a very long and arduous journey. Supported me all the way through with thoughtful and insightful advice. Very caring and extremely hard working. Highly recommend MFL to anyone.
Oscar Campos
Oscar Campos
I have the opportunity to be assisted by both Jacqueline and Ashleigh at Minors Family Law. I am really grateful for their support and services, I can tell that they care for their clients and do the best they can do to advise and come up with plans in the best interest of your kids. Going through court is not an easy process, but if you have the right people by your side it will definitely make a huge difference throughout the process. Thank you again.
Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams
I would highly recommend Minors Family Law to anybody. Jacqueline's profession yet compassionate nature helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life with a minimum of stress and expense. I can't thank her enough for amazing service.
Kathy Powell
Kathy Powell
Jacqueline was brilliant at guiding us through a very difficult and emotionally draining process. Her help, advice and knowledge of the legal and court system was fantastic. I highly recommend Minors Family Law to everyone.
claire renshaw
claire renshaw
I found Jacqueline, to be very professional, honest and proactive in my dealings with her. I would highly recommend Jacqueline to anyone looking to engage a family lawyer.
My family highly recommend Minors Family Law. The firm is our family representative. The principal lawyer, Jacqueline, is highly commendable with her professionalism, her understanding of our needs and most of all her insight for the best interest of children. This firm is insightful, understanding and work well with us. We have our peace of mind for leaving important matter with them.
Joyce Baillie
Joyce Baillie
I would highly recommend Jacqueline and Minors Family Law. Jacqueline had my best interest at heart both in terms of outcome and the challenges that could present. She provided clear and concise advice which was executed promptly and as instructed. I experienced a very calm and considered settlement process which took the stress out of an otherwise very emotionally charged situation. I am incredibly grateful that I engaged Minors Family Law.

Finding Family Court Representation

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At Minors Family Law, we consider your goals to be ours. We are focussed on delivering compassionate legal services as dedicated professionals providing expert advice towards a better future. Schedule in your initial consultation today and let us start assisting you.

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