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References for property division

References related to property division.

Professional Support resources

VLA professional support resources has information and resources to support the the process for dealing with disputes about property. They include a guide to work out a client's entitlements and tips about drafting court orders after the parties reach an agreement. There is also information about dispute resolution at VLA.

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Interpreting a profit and loss statement

John Maginotis explains, in this March 2012 session, how to interpret a profit and loss statement and balance sheet to assist family lawyers to give advice about property law and lawyers who help with child support.

See How to interpret a profit and loss statement and balance sheet(opens in a new window).

The duty of full and frank disclosure in family law property proceedings

Victorian Barrister, Marc Testart gives an overview (in 26 June 2013) of the nature and scope of this duty to disclose including where the duty comes from, the powers the court has in relation to this duty and advice about what to do if another party alleges a client is not making disclosures.

See The duty of full and frank disclosure in family law property proceedings(opens in a new window).

Access for Community legal centres

This lecture can be viewed online by Community Legal Centre staff and volunteers. To gain access staff will need to contact the Professional Legal Education team and ask for the link and password. Lecture materials can also be provided on request.

Please email ple@vla.vic.gov.au

Law Institute Journal

This 2009 article by Jacqueline Campbell discusses the discovery requirements, which extend to pre-litigation procedure and can extend to 3rd parties in some cases.

See Law Institute Journal—Dogged discovery.

VLA Professional support — Family law practice resources

The Professional support team have collated a page of resources to assist with family law practice. The page links to latest news, case notes and other relevant materials. The 'Related resources' section links to the latest edition of the 'Best practice guidelines for lawyers doing family law work'.

See Practice resources—Family(opens in a new window).

For a list of parenting order precedent documents see Practice resources—Family law resources—Precedent orders(opens in a new window).

Case summaries

For summaries of key family law cases see: Family case notes(opens in a new window).

Family law publications

The following publications may be useful:

  • How to run your family law case
  • Airport watch list order
  • Contravention kit

See Practice resources—Family law resources—Family law publications(opens in a new window).

Note: These resources are only available to staff at Victoria Legal Aid.

The library has shortlisted some key resources for family law. These include loose-leaf services journals and key texts.

See Library and research tools—Family law research links(opens in a new window).

Note: These resources are only available to staff at Victoria Legal Aid.

LexisNexis Practical Guidance: Family law

This resource has checklists and commentary about various family law matters.

See LexisNexis Practical guidance—Family law(opens in a new window).

Note: This resource is only available to staff at Victoria Legal Aid.

Federal Circuit and Family Court

The courts has a series of YouTube videos that are designed to assist people who are representing themselves in court. The video explains how to prepare for court, what to bring, what the court layout looks like and court etiquette. There is also a video that explains how to apply for divorce and how to serve divorce papers.

One video explains how to use the court's e-lodgement system.

See Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia—Official YouTube account(opens in a new window)

This specialist community legal service has developed a toolkit designed for use by other CLCs about how to be inclusive when practising, so as to be mindful of the needs of LGBTI clients.

See LGBTIQ Legal Service(opens in a new window).

Court network

This voluntary, non-legal service provides support, information and referral for people who are involved in the court system. They have an online referral service so that people can make a booking before they attend court to get some help from a volunteer.

See Court Network(opens in a new window).

The service also provides a booklet for people who are representing themselves at a final hearing in the Family Law Courts.

  • 'Resource booklet for people attending a final hearing in the Family Law Courts without a lawyer'

See Court Network—Brochures(opens in a new window).

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