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Chloe Elkerton, one of our divorce lawyers answers some frequently asked questions on how our family law team and the Family Court is responding to Covid.

Are you still seeing clients?

Yes, we are still seeing clients! Although our team is working from home at the moment, we have quickly adapted to the changes and have implemented the technologies to be able to provide you with advice via telephone or video conferencing. Face-to-face consultations with your divorce lawyer can also be arranged where necessary in our conferencing rooms which are spacious enough to allow for social distancing.

Can I still get my Court documents witnessed?

Recent changes in the law regarding the witnessing of documents mean that you may not be required to sign a hardcopy of your family law documents. An electronic signature may be used in place of a physical signature and witnessing may now take place over video conferencing. Our team is currently using the Zoom and Whatsapp platforms to witness Court documents.

My matter is listed in the Family Court, is it still going ahead?

At the moment, the Family and Federal Circuit Courts are not hearing matters face-to-face, however, most matters are still going ahead. Directions hearings, mentions and interim hearings are generally being conducted via telephone link-up and final hearings are being conduced via Microsoft teams. Your divorce lawyer will advise you of how you can attend your Family Court listing.

For advice about your family law matter contact us on 1800 300 170 or email us at

Family law situations can be complex and sometimes they can involve serious issues.  Information outlined is proposed to provide general guidance only. Due to the seriousness of legal matters as well as the uniqueness of your individual situation, professional advice should be sought. For advice, please contact one of our Family Lawyers.