For information on fees in the Family Law Court and Federal Circuit Court, and possible reduction in fees - see the Family Court's Fees brochure which contains details of fees in both courts.
Chapter 19 of the Family Law Rules 2004 (Cth) describes the costs solicitors may charge for work done in family law proceedings in the Family Court. Under Rule 19.18, costs may be charged in accordance with a costs agreement or, if there is no costs agreement, in accordance with the Itemised Scale of Costs [see Family Law Rules 2004 (Cth) sch 3].
Costs agreements in relation to work in the Family Court are permitted in accordance with rules 19.14 and 19.15. When making a costs agreement with a client, a lawyer must advise the client to obtain independent legal advice about the costs agreement. If the client agrees to enter into a costs agreement, the costs to be charged must be set out in a written agreement signed by the client and the solicitor.
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