Peter: Okay, Alan in Cannington. Good Day Alan.
Alan: Good day Peter. My question to the gentleman with you, to Neville is in regard to my daughter, she’s separated at the moment. In regard to consent form, what’s the procedure in getting a consent form?
Neville: Alan, I presume when you say that, they’re married?
Alan: They are married, yes.
Neville: Now they’ve separated. Okay, well, you know you’ve got to be separated for 12 months before you can apply for a divorce, and then…
Alan: I realize that yes.
Neville: Okay, that’s okay. And then there are some other processes which the, procedures which have come into place which force you to have some consultations to try and solve these things before getting a divorce. But once you’ve gone through that process, all you need to do is get the relevant consent forms and really you want the parties to agree because that’s the name consent. Provided you can get them to complete those forms, somebody can lodge them down, one of the parties can lodge them down at the family court and in theory provided everything has been properly attended to, that process will take its natural course and in due course the divorce will come through.
Alan: I see, we’ve all ready seen the solicitor. They’re going to marriage guidance things, but in the course of conversation with the solicitor, I was there, he said about this consent form that you’ll need to do that within the 12 months. And I said, what charge is for that? And he said, well you can do that yourself, but he said, if I do it, it would be approximately 5000 dollars.
Neville: I have to be very careful here in making a comment about another practitioner’s cost because my problem is I don’t have any idea of the nature and extent of the issues, but we had a caller a few minutes ago and I answered the same question and I came to a figure of about 2000 dollars I think. So, the great danger in making this sort of broad brush approach is, you understand. That sounds to me to be…
Alan: …excessive because within five minutes we’re there, he said it could be 2-3 thousand dollars.
Neville: I think that that’s a…let’s call it an over-estimation. And I think that if you have any concerns about that then I can only give you the same telephone number I gave the other gentleman which is 92540000 and I’ll sort it out for you.
Peter: Thank you Alan, you might want to look at perhaps getting a second opinion. If you think it’s excessive then maybe go and get a second opinion. Neville, we thank you for your time this afternoon.
Neville: It’s a great pleasure, thanks guys, thanks everybody.
Peter: That’s Neville Friedman from Friedman, Lurie, Singh & D’Angelo, thanks to everyone who called up, sensitive matters we wish you all the best with those.