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Amica is an automated legal advice tool (ALAT) available online that can be used on a desktop computer or mobile phone. It has been developed by the Australian government by National Legal Aid.
It is designed to assist couples to reach and record their agreement for parenting or financial matters. Amica does not give legal advice. It only gives suggestions.
It is reliant on people entering correct information to the platform.
Amica uses artificial intelligence to take into account your situation and the many factors that are relevant under the Family Law Act and will suggest an appropriate agreement for your situation.
A small fee is charged for agreements.
It will only be effective if you and your ex are getting along and are fairly amicable.
For people who don’t ‘get along’ it is not very helpful.
It is reliant upon both users ‘plugging in’ correct and accurate information.
In the limited situations that it applies, it could be great.
However, in our experience, it is very rare to encounter a matter which does not involve at least one of the factors listed above – and this makes Amica unsuitable for most separating couples.
Almost all of our family law clients who are working towards property settlement have superannuation to deal with. That issue is an extremely important issue that warrants obtaining advice from an experienced family lawyer.
Also – users need to be aware that the agreements are not legally binding documents that can be relied upon in the future.
It is important to be aware that even if a separating couple can reach agreement using Amica, it is not legally binding.
Sometimes couples separate amicably and work things out themselves. This is ideal – but it is also important to know that you are agreeing to a fair and reasonable arrangement. Even if you have reached agreement that you think is fair – you should get advice from an experienced family lawyer. This is a cost that is well worth it.
An experienced family lawyer can also formalise your agreement so that it is binding and stands the test of time.
At O’SheaDyer Solicitors, we encourage our clients to obtain personalised advice from an experienced family lawyer.
We offer all new clients a first appointment with an experienced family lawyer for a low fixed fee of $220.
Please call us on 0747 725 155 to make an appointment. We would love to help you.
Everyone’s situation is unique. We always recommend that people see an experienced family lawyer so you can discuss your situation and obtain customised advice about how this process specifically applies to you.
Bridget Barrie is a senior family law paralegal at OSheaDyer Solicitors, Townsville. Bridget has worked in Family Law for over 8 years. She has assisted on thousands of family law matters over the past 8 years and will complete the final semester of a law degree at QUT Brisbane in June 2022.