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What Is A Conciliation Conference?

What Is A Conciliation Conference?


A Conciliation Conference provides an opportunity for parties to make a genuine effort to settle their financial disputes arising from the breakdown of their relationship.



A Conciliation Conference will be ordered by the Court after proceedings have been issued in a financial case. It is conducted by a Registrar and generally takes between one and two hours.  



A Financial Questionnaire and Balance Sheet must be prepared and filed with the Court before the Conciliation Conference. These forms can be found on the Family Law Court website: http://www.familylawcourts.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/FLC/Home/Forms/Family+Court+of+Australia+forms/.



Approximately half of all cases settle at the Conciliation Conference, and the majority that do not will settle before trial. Parties should attend the Conciliation Conference with an open mind, some degree of flexibility and should put in genuine effort to settle the matter before the matter proceeds to trial. 

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