Martina and Derry separated only a month or two prior to her coming in to see us for an initial appointment. There were 3 children of the relationship who were living with Martina and spending time with Derry as agreed. Martina had moved out of the family home and was now renting while Derry remained in the family home.
Initially Martina presented with a proposed property settlement that she and Derry had agreed to. It was not a fair and equitable settlement and Martina was advised to seek mediation rather than settle. Mediation, however, was unsuccessful, and we acted for Martina to issue proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court.
Martina had disclosed concerns about Derry’s increasingly abusive behaviour following separation. Martina was advised to apply for a Family Violence Intervention Order.
As the family law and family violence matters progressed, so too did matters around child contacts, which was subsequently added to the application to the Federal Circuit Court. Adding to the complexity as Martina’s matter was the chasing by debt collectors for utility accounts that were left in her name after she moved out of the family home, but that Derry refused to pay.
While the FVIO proceedings were on foot, Martina was charged with breach of an interim FVIO against her.
Derry obtained representation for the Family Law proceedings and agreement was reached at the first mention of the matter.
CHCLC represented Martina during her family violence proceedings and was able to get a positive outcome for her and the children.
Martina was referred to our financial counselling program, resulting in her debt being waived in full. Martina was also represented in the criminal matter (FVIO breach) and an outcome was negotiated with prosecution, resulting in the charge being withdrawn.
Martina now has final property and children orders and her family violence matters also resolved. Martina now has increased confidence and understanding of legal systems.