Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediation

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Mediation (also known as Family Dispute Resolution in family law) is a process required prior to making an application to the court for orders in relation to children’s matters. It is also a very helpful tool for many separating couples in determining;

  • What your former spouse or partner’s position and point of view is;
  • What is in the best interests of the children;
  • How to make arrangements for their care and what arrangements are in their best interests;
  • What is a fair division of the assets, liabilities, superannuation interests and financial resources of the relationship. We can help you determine if Mediation is right for you and participate with you in that process to hopefully arrive at an agreement that suits you and the needs of your family.

Mediation is a facilitated negotiation. The mediator will be in charge of the process, but the parties will be in charge of the outcome. The goal is to help identify the needs and interests of the parties, brainstorm options to resolve disputes and to arrive at an agreement. Mediators are impartial and non judgemental. The process requires the consent of the parties to participate, and the voluntary nature of the mediation extends throughout the process, with parties free to leave the mediation at any time. Mediation is also confidential, and anything said or considered in mediation cannot be referred to at a later date. Mediation may take many different styles in response to the particular needs of each case.

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