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Family Court: New Fee Regime

By Tara Hurley - 2 Jul 2012

On 1 July 2012 a new fee regime was introduced in the family court for division of assets and child care arrangements.  Prior to 1 July, the only fees in the family court were for dissolution of marriage.

An application relating to child care arrangements will now cost a flat fee of $220 with no hearing costs. While an application relating to the division of assets will cost $700.  There is also a hearing fee of $906 for each half day.

The family court operates a system of counselling, mediation and as a last resort, a court hearing.  The new fees are intended to deter couples from bringing Court action.  In some cases however it is impossible for matters to be resolved without the court's assistance and for those in that unenviable situation, these court costs are going to add further financial strain.


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