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Interim Hearing - directions hearing... need help understanding the difference

hi , could someone help me to understand the difference between a Interim Hearing and a directions hearing basically ive just come to discover that on our paper work it states that our next court appearance is a directions hearing but our lawyer stated a while ago that it was a interim hearing! i hope someone can help me understand because we were under the impression that the orders can be changed as the child wants to live with us and if its a directions hearing that would not happen or can it ??  :(  
Hopefully this will help. However, if Patronus replies I'd suggest considering the advice of Patronus as likely to be better.

YOUR DAY IN COURT - THE DIRECTIONS HEARING OR CASE CONFERENCE said
When either yourself or your partner has filed an Application (for Property Orders and/or Parenting Orders), in the Federal Magistrates Court the first date that the Court will allocate will be for a Directions Hearing or Conference.

"Why does the Court have a Directions Hearing or Case Conference?"

    The Federal Magistrates Court takes a proactive role in managing matters that come before it.

    A Directions Hearing or Case Conference is conducted by a Registrar of the Federal Magistrates Court (not a Judge) and at the Directions Hearing, the Registrar will:

        Enquire as to whether all parties have filed all necessary initial documents in Court;

        Enquire as to whether both parties have attended an Information Session;

        Enquire as to the status of negotiations between the parties and facilitate any settlement discussions;

        Make directions as to the progress of your matter in Court.

"What directions does the Registrar make at this hearing?"

    At the Directions Hearing or Case Conference, the Registrar may make many different directions for the ongoing conduct of your matter in Court, but typically these directions may include the following:

        A direction that yourself and your partner obtain and exchange market appraisals or valuations of any assets (for example, the former matrimonial home);

        An Order for further confidential counselling at the Family Court;

        A standard Order for the production of certain financial documents;

        An Order directing the parties to amend any documents where necessary;

        An Order allocating a date and a time for the holding of a Conciliation Conference.

"What happens in Court on the day?"

    On the day of your Directions Hearing or Case Conference, we will either meet you at Court, or travel with you from our office to the Court.

    It will be necessary for you to attend Court with us on the day of your Directions Hearing or Case Conference (although there are some limited exceptions to this rule).

    The Directions Hearing or Case Conference usually takes about 15-20 minutes.

    There is no need for you to give any evidence nor to say anything to the Court. We speak on your behalf.

    The Registrar may ask us or your partner's solicitor to provide a background summary of the relevant matters in dispute in your matter and a general summary as to how negotiations in your matter have progressed.

    The Registrar will then make the further directions for the ongoing management of your matter in Court.

The above was obtained from
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Information Sheet: YOUR DAY IN COURT - THE DIRECTIONS HEARING OR CASE CONFERENCE:

YOUR DAY IN COURT - URGENT (OR INTERIM) HEARING DATES said
YOUR DAY IN COURT - URGENT (OR INTERIM) HEARING DATES
If we have filed on your behalf an Application in Court seeking urgent (or interim) Orders relating to property, maintenance or your children, then the Court will allocate a hearing date usually within four (4) to six (6) weeks (sometimes earlier depending upon the number of cases listed in Court at any given time).

"What are urgent (or interim) Orders?"

   These are short term Orders made by the Court, usually until further Orders are made.

   They are not final Orders and do not dispose of your matter.

   The Orders are designed to provide a short-term resolution of the dispute until a final Trial can take place.

"What happens in Court on the hearing date?"

   It will be necessary for you to attend Court on the hearing date and we will usually travel with you to Court or meet you at Court, or at the Barrister's offices.

   If your dispute concerns children then it will most likely be necessary for you to attend counselling at the Family Court on the morning of your Court date (if you have not already attended this beforehand).

   Usually, a Registrar or a Federal Magistrate will be specifically allocated to hear all urgent Applications before the Court on that particular day.

   There will be a number of urgent matters besides yours in Court on the hearing date.

   The Court will firstly hold a "callover" at which we will attend.

   The Registrar or Federal Magistrate will enquire briefly as to what each urgent matter is about and then will decide in what order the matters will be heard. Usually the shorter and more urgent matters are heard first and the longer less urgent matters are heard last.

   We do not know how many other urgent matters will be before Court on your hearing date until we arrive at Court (sometimes this is as few as five (5) to six (6), but other times it can be as many as ten (10) to fifteen (15)).

   The Registrar or Federal Magistrate will therefore have only a limited amount of time (usually One (1) to two (2) hours at the most and sometimes less) to determine your matter.

   Because we may have to wait at Court for your matter to be heard there will usually be an opportunity at Court to discuss and negotiate further with your ex-partner and his/her legal advisors.

   If your matter is not resolved in Court then eventually your matter will be called in before the Registrar or Federal Magistrate for determination.

   Ourselves and usually your Barrister also, will present your case to the Court. This will involve:

   Asking the Registrar or Federal Magistrate to read Affidavit material prepared on your behalf;

   Our Barrister making some brief oral submissions as to why the orders sought by you should be granted.

   The Registrar or Federal Magistrate will then usually make a decision immediately on your matter.

   In most cases you will not have to say anything or give any evidence in Court during the hearing of your urgent Application.

   It is possible that your matter may not even be determined on the hearing date by the Registrar or Federal Magistrate due to the fact that there might have been too many matters before the Court on that particular day for your matter to be heard. In this situation, the Court will usually adjourn your matter to another date and the same procedures as above will apply to the hearing of your matter on the next date.

The above was obtained from
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Information Sheet: YOUR DAY IN COURT - Urgent (or Interim) Hearing Dates:
ok so can you have more than one interim hearing ?
Yes you can. I've had three so far and now in the midst of a trial.
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