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Current intake sessions in NSW

We have heard from our lawyer that finally, finally, after over 8 months we are maybe going to get a an intake session in the family court.

Other than this is too long to wait has anyone else heard about the current back log in the family court. Does anyone think that waiting over 8 months to even see a judge is too long. Is anyone at court now, waiting for time before a judge?

All the trials I have seen on published for this year are mostly appeals, and then this month they started doing some actual trials.

Can one explain more about the intake session what is the purpose and outcome.  So far  all I understand it too be is where (dependnig on the judge) you will talk to them in an informal and go over procedural matters.

Last edit: by monster


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You are right 8 months is too long

Hi Monster,

It is too long. 8 months is too long. It just shows how slow and busy the system is.
This is one of the reasons that FRCs were brought in, to assist people to mediate, slow them down and hopefully get them to reach consensus prior to going to court.

Personally, I don't believe this works, as those who can mediate DO. Those that can't or don't want to, just exploit the system and it makes the process drag out further.

You can get a faster hearing, but there must be extenuating circumstances - like relocation or allegations of child abuse and so forth.

Back to what is more relevant to you: I believe all court hearings, whether FMC or Family court are now LAT - Less adversarial trials. Which means they are a little less formal and geared toward encouraging the parents resolve the issues between them, rather than continuing the conflict.

The intake hearing is usually fairly short. Put simply, the judge gets a measure of you and what you are after in regards to care of your child/ren. Both sides submit an affidavit - a written document where you tell your side of the situation and how you come to be here. You may also submit your final orders - how you want the arrangements for your child to work in the longer term. You also have the chance to ask for interim orders. These orders are short term and typically to deal with the peculiarities of your situation. They do not, or should not, affect the outcome of your case.

I still have my training wheels on here - so if I have given any incorrect advice, I am happy to be corrected.

Ooops, I have just been advised that LATs are NOT that common, in fact uncommon. I'm glad I put my training wheels on when I'm not sure.

Last edit: by Artemis

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