amica empowers separating couples to sort things out themselves.
It is usually better if you can reach agreement between yourselves without going to court.
Court should be a last resort. It can be expensive, stressful and time-consuming. There are a range of alternatives to court.
Before couples can apply to the family courts for parenting orders, they are required to participate in Family Dispute Resolution. There are some exceptions to this requirement. For example, where there is domestic or family violence in the relationship, where matters are urgent, or where the orders being sought are consent orders.
Using amica is not the same as participating in Family Dispute Resolution.
A number of organisations provide Family Dispute Resolution services. Some organisations are funded by the Australian Government and offer free or reduced-fee services, while others operate on a fee-for-service basis.