Much will depend on how much help you get from a lawyer. There is a $215 court fee to apply for the court order. Legal advice and assistance costs depend on the complexity of your case and whether it is possible to reach an agreement in the first phase or whether the case can go to a final hearing. If the case results in a final hearing, you should reasonably expect the cost of $5,000 to increase. Before you apply for an order for the children`s arrangements, you should try to agree with the other party on the agreements. Some people feel that they need the security of a court decision to move forward in their lives. It is usually best to discuss options with your mediator or talk to a family lawyer. The website of the Institute of Family Law Referee has many useful information and a search tool that allows you to find an arbitrator near you. You may also find it helpful to discuss arbitration with a lawyer before opting for this route. If this is not possible, you must complete a C100 application form and explain why you are asking the court to change the current order of child arrangements. In the following pages, this is the Information and Evaluation Mediation Meeting (MIAM). Read the first paragraph carefully, then answer the following four questions: This will be a meeting, either online or face-to-face with an accredited family mediator. They explain mediation, get a background on your case and if you agree, you can go to the other party.
You can then sign the C100 form on page 9: It is very important that the parties try to resolve the issues at every stage of the case. The goal is to avoid the considerable legal costs that can often be associated with a final hearing. During this hearing, the Tribunal will consider outstanding issues and evidence. It is likely that at this stage you will be questioned by both your legal representative and the legal representative of the other party. The family court judge will then look into the issues and make a judgment that is in a children`s order. Your family mediator provides you with page 9 of the form. You`ll check the boxes you think are most relevant to your situation, and you can check more than one box. Once you have signed and dated the form, it is valid for 4 months, so you must complete the remaining form and submit it within that time.
Fill out this page only if you answered “yes” on the first page of the third question form (are there any prior or ongoing procedures for the child (ren)). If so, please provide details here. This only applies to the child you wish to consider in this application.