• Commercial Law

    Commercial Law

    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


Receiving a family law application can be a daunting experience, but it’s crucial to approach the situation calmly and strategically. This guide is designed to help you understand the steps you should take when served with a family law application, ensuring that you are well-informed and prepared to navigate the process effectively.

Step 1: Carefully Review the Application

As soon as you receive the family law application, take the time to read it thoroughly. Understand the nature of the application, the orders being sought, and the issues raised by the other party. Pay attention to any deadlines or court dates mentioned in the documents.

Step 2: Seek Legal Advice

Engaging a family law solicitor is one of the most important steps you can take. A knowledgeable solicitor can provide tailored advice based on your specific circumstances, explain your rights and obligations, and guide you through the legal process.

Step 3: Understand Your Options

Your solicitor will help you understand your options moving forward. This might involve negotiations, mediation, or court proceedings. Assess the pros and cons of each option in relation to your case and make informed decisions based on your best interests. This is your case, and you are in control.

Step 4: Prepare Your Response

You will need to prepare a response to the application that you have been served with. This response outlines your position on the issues raised and can help set the tone for further negotiations or court proceedings. Your solicitor will assist you in drafting a clear and concise response.

Step 5: Attend Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

In many cases, you will be required to attend Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) before going to court. FDR is a mediation process aimed at resolving disputes without the need for litigation. Participation is mandatory, unless exemptions apply.

Step 6: Continue Negotiations

If the FDR process does not lead to a resolution, ongoing negotiations between your solicitor and the other party’s representative may occur. The goal is to find common ground and reach a settlement that both parties can agree upon. If you can do this, your lawyer will draft a consent order and you can file this with the court.

Step 7: Court Proceedings

If negotiations prove unsuccessful, court proceedings may be necessary. Your solicitor will guide you through the court process, including preparing and filing necessary documents, attending court hearings, and presenting your case before a judge.

Step 8: Comply with Court Orders

If the court issues orders, it is imperative to comply with them. Failure to do so can have serious consequences. Always keep open lines of communication with your solicitor, and ensure that you fully understand your obligations under the orders. This is why it is important to read your documents carefully and understand any obligations you have under them.

Step 9: Focus on the Best Interests of Children

If your matter involves children, their best interests should always be the top priority. Courts emphasise the well-being of children when making decisions about parenting arrangements.

Step 10: Self-Care and Emotional Support

Dealing with family law matters can be emotionally taxing. Seek emotional support from friends, family, or professional counsellors to help you cope with the stress of the process. Taking care of your emotional well-being is crucial.


Receiving a family law application marks the beginning of a legal journey that requires careful consideration and strategic action. By seeking legal advice, understanding your options, and cooperating with the legal process, you can navigate the complexities of family law applications with confidence and work toward the best possible outcome for you and your family.

If you have been served or you are about to be served, do not hesitate to reach out to Nicci Bilinsky, our Family Law Partner now on (03) 9481 2000, info@tauruslawyers.com.au or book an appointment here.

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