Family Court lawyers gouging parents
LAWYERS are gouging millions of dollars from divorcing Australians, racking up Family Court legal bills bigger than what their assets are worth.
Among the outrageous fees are barrister charges of tens of thousands of dollars for work they don’t do. More than half of the roughly 50,000 Australians who end up in court for family law cases each year now find themselves without a lawyer because they can’t afford it.
Family court practitioners are now the most complained about lawyers in every jurisdiction.
Chief Justice of the Family Court, Will Alstergen, said without making comment on any particular cases or practices “it is of great concern that up to 60 per cent of litigants find themselves unrepresented during the course of litigation”.
The federal government, which recently moved to establish a Senate inquiry into family law is particularly outraged by a rip-off known as “disappointment fees” which can see barristers charging up to $14,000 a day for weeks after cases settle.
Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government had a plan to fix the broken family law system.