3 Comments Family & de facto law, financial agreements, consent orders
Thanks Rannii. In preparing for trial I'm beginning to think at this point lawyers fees may be justified given the hours I've put in to feel some comfort. A couple of significant judgements since my property case started and I'm going to need a fair spread of authorities.
As we know, courts have discretion. Admittedly I was self rep by then but there is no question some of the best value I got was from s lawyer who talked me through the judges character and what tended to please or annoy them.
I'm thinking I ought to invest the same again before trial. I'd be interested to know if from your trial you sensed there were things made the judge happy/unhappy. It seems like preparing for a job interview - know your interviewer ,,,
Calmar 2016-03-12 23:29:57
My barrister was a complete was of time. And cost me a lot - in the essence of not knowing my affidavit.
For example, we went for birthing expenses. so some of hospital costs and then a "maintenance fee" per week for the short time I was not allowed to work.
The other side saison"oh, don't have receipts and this is the first time we heard of it, today". It was in my affidavit lodged in 2013, and my trial affidavit. It was allowable per section, Judge said he could not possibily award something we only raised on that day.
She also somehow managed to reduce his notice period to him having the first block time - 7 nights, from 8 weeks, down to 2!! Wtf?!?! Kids only spend one night a fortnight with him, but at same token changed my holidays from having them to swapping time with him, and I have to give 3 months notice?? (FYI, it's a single additional night!!).
Essentially kids now need to miss out of their friends parties/school events - as requesting a swap is impossible and I need to prove I have leave from work - which is impossible as I do g work weekends.
Sorry, off topic. Barristers, sit on a few of their matters before employing if at all. Waste of time in my opinion.
Yep, gain a brief conversation re judge character. But in the end of the day, fair and reasonable in the way you conduct yourself needs to be the way to go.
I am sorry you are going through this.