How To Prepare For A Family Report Interview

by Resolve Conflict on October 15, 2019

How To Prepare For A Family Report Interview - Resolve Conflict Family LawyersLast week we looked at what a Family Report is and what you need to know. This week we dive a little deeper and discuss the best ways you can prepare for your Family Report interview.

Once a Family Report has been ordered by the Courts, the Family Consultant will arrange for the parents, children and any other significant person to attend specific appointments i.e family report interviews.

Note, there is no particular schedule of interview questions commonly asked by Family Consultants. What might be asked will be different in each case, depending on your family situation and the issues before the Court. However, you should try and be prepared to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

How to best prepare for a Family Report Interview:

Read the court documents

Before your interview be sure to read the court documents. This will help jog your memory and ensure you’re familiar with the case details and issues in the dispute. Reading the court documents also gives you an opportunity to consider any issues you wish to raise as well as contemplate how you can address any concerns raised by the other parent.

Be honest

You need to be honest and be yourself. Remember that the Family Consultant is privy to the Court material on your case, including details of the dispute and past behaviour.

Stay child focused

Remember this is all about the best interest of your child/ren. Stay focused on what arrangements you want for your child/ren and why those arrangements are in the best interest for your child/ren.

Mind your behaviour

You need to be your genuine self, however be mindful that every interaction as well as what you say and do in the interview will be assessed and potentially reported by the Family Consultant. You should aim to put your best foot forward, being on time and dressed appropriately will help create a good first impression. Having prepared snakes and toys for your children to keep them entertained through the interview and not bad mouthing your ex-partner are advisable.

Don’t coach the children

Under no circumstance should you coach your child/ren about what to say or not say. You can give your child/ren a general overview on the Family Report process in age appropriate terms. You should encourage your child/ren to be as honest and open to answering any questions to Family Consultant has.

Note: This is general information advice only and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you would like further information in relation to this matter or other legal matters, please contact us on 03 9620 0088 or email


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