Children’s Case Application Quote

Initial Consultation - Children only
  • Initial consultations are designed to give you specific legal advise in relation to your situation, typically these consultations take about an hour. 1 Hour
TOTAL FIXED FEE Including GST $175.00

*All Fees are subject to a final agreement with Kate Austin Family Lawyers and a signed cost agreement

Negotiated Settlement – No Court Proceedings – Option A

Option A is for when your case isn’t likely to end up in court.  You think you’ll be able to reach an agreement with a bit of help, but you’d like to see your agreement formalised for peace of mind.

Family Court
(Time limit – Three months)
  • Initial letter of advice to you and initial letter to the other party 3 Hours
  • Three offers and advice in relation to three counter offers 3 Hours 
  • Draft terms of settlement 2 Hours
  • Draft Application for Consent Orders1 Hour
  • Written advice to you and execution of documents1 Hour
  • Telephone call, email, video link conferencing allowance3.5 Hours
  • Total13.5 hours
TOTAL FIXED FEE Including GST$4950.00

*All Fees are subject to a final agreement with Kate Austin Family Lawyers and a signed cost agreement

Negotiated Settlement – No Court Proceedings – Option B – MEDIATION

Option B is for you if you don’t have an agreement yet, but you think that participating in mediation might lead to one.  If it does, you’d like to see it documented so everyone knows where they stand.

  • Initial letter of advice to you2 Hours
  • Pre mediation conference2 Hours  
  • Attendance at mediation up to 4 Hours
  • Draft terms of Settlement 2 Hour
  • Draft Application for Consent orders1 Hour
  • Total10 Hours
TOTAL FIXED FEE Including GST$3950.00

*All Fees are subject to a final agreement with Kate Austin Family Lawyers and a signed cost agreement

Commencement of Court Proceedings (assuming 60I Certificate issued) – Stage 1

You’re ready to file a Court application or respond to one that’s been filed against you. Stage 1 takes you through this process and includes the first court date.

  • Initial letter of advice to you2 Hours
  • Application for Interim and Final Orders (incl all drafting)  1 Hour 
  • Notice of Risk 1 Hour
  • Affidavit (10 pages) 3 Hours
  • Attendance at first return date (no interim hearing)3 Hours
  • Telephone call, email, video link conferencing, correspondence with you3.5 Hours
  • Total13.5 hours
TOTAL FIXED FEE Including GST$4950.00

*All Fees are subject to a final agreement with Kate Austin Family Lawyers and a signed cost agreement

Court Proceedings – Post first return date up to and including interim hearing – Stage 2

You’ve had your first court date and Stage 2 is about preparing for and attending your interim hearing.

  • Letter regarding outcome of first return date1 Hour
  • Perusal of material filed by the other side, prepare for interim hearing 3 Hours
  • Telephone calls, emails, video link conferencing, correspondence with you 4 Hours
  • Issuing and inspection of subpoenas 2 Hours
  • Attend Interim Hearing3 Hours
  • Total13 Hours
  • TOTAL FIXED FEE Including GST$5,720

    *All Fees are subject to a final agreement with Kate Austin Family Lawyers and a signed cost agreement

Court Proceedings – Post interim hearing up to eve of final hearing – Stage 3

By Stage 3, you’ve had an interim hearing, and are working towards a final hearing. This stage covers all the work that has to be done to prepare for a final hearing including briefing Counsel.

  • Letter regarding outcome of interim hearing  1 Hour
  • Other advice ie: family report etc 3 Hours
  • Issuing and inspection of subpoenas2 Hours
  • Telephone calls, emails, video link conferencing, correspondence with you  5 Hours
  • Correspondence with the other side, written and verbal 3 Hours
  • Prepare final hearing affidavit including answering material from the other side6 Hourse
  • Filing of Amended Application 30 min
  • Brief to Counsel 2 Hour
  • Conferring with Counsel 1 Hour
  • Client conference with Counsel 1 Hour
  • Total hours 22 Hours
TOTAL FIXED FEE Including GST$9,680.00

*All Fees are subject to a final agreement with Kate Austin Family Lawyers and a signed cost agreement

Court Proceedings – Final Hearing – Stage 4

Stage 4 is attending at the final hearing itself so it looks at the cost of both having a solicitor and a barrister there with you.

  • 1 day hearing (capped rate including GST) $3,300.00
  • 2 day hearing (capped rate including GST) $6,600.00
  • 3 day hearing (capped rate including GST) $9,900.00

Counsel’s Fees are also payable in addition to the above and are estimated at $4,400.00 inclusive of GST.  We will provide you with an exact figure in the event that Counsel is briefed.

Disbursements are also payable in addition to the above, that is, fees that must be paid to third parties on your behalf.  Typically, they comprise court fees.

*All Fees are subject to a final agreement with Kate Austin Family Lawyers and a signed cost agreement


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