Mediation is an important part of most family law disputes. In fact, unless there are exceptional circumstances, parties must attempt mediation before either of them can issue a court application seeking parenting or property orders. Parties who are in Court are often ordered by the Court to participate in mediation to attempt to resolve their dispute.
Mediation is a private dispute resolution process where the parties are assisted by a trained mediator who is neutral and independent, to help resolve their differences.
Mediation is a private dispute resolution process where the parties to a dispute are assisted by a trained mediator who is a neutral and independent third party, to help resolve their differences.
Mediation is a confidential, meaning that if an agreement is not reached, anything said or offered at mediation cannot be referred to once the mediation has ended.
The aim of mediation is to help parties to effectively engage in discussions about their dispute, in a way that they feel comfortable.
Commonly, family law mediations are conducted in ‘shuttle’. This means the mediator will speak to each party separately and move between the parties to attempt to achieve an agreed position.
In family law matters, it is very common that parties do not feel comfortable engaging in joint discussions around a table together. Commonly, family law mediations are conducted in ‘shuttle’. This means the mediator will speak to each party separately and move between the parties to attempt to achieve an agreed position.
These days mediation frequently takes place in person or via electronic means such as video link (e.g. ‘zoom’), making it very accessible to parties who can participate from the comfort of their home, if that is preferred.
Parties can participate in mediation with or without the assistance of their lawyers. However, it is very important to be prepared.
Parties should seek specialist family law advice before going to mediation, so they are equipped with the right information and understand what is appropriate in their individual circumstances.
If mediation is successful and agreement is reached, it is still vital that you engage a lawyer to formalise the agreement to ensure it is binding.
Parties who mediate are more likely to come to a compromised agreement that suits them both and, importantly, meets the individual needs of their children.
If you have been invited to mediation, are interested in learning more, or require individual family law advice before participating in mediation, please contact us to arrange a confidential discussion.
In family law, the Collaborative Law process is a form of alternative dispute resolution that provides a positive way for separating couples to resolve their disputes with the assistance of their lawyers and other independent professionals.
Collaborative process is a tailored process where all lawyers, neutral experts, and sometimes a ‘coach’ or facilitator, work to achieve the right result for both parties.
Collaborative process offers many benefits over other forms of alternative dispute resolution and litigation, including a tailored process where all lawyers, neutral experts, and sometimes a ‘coach’ or facilitator, work to achieve the right result for both parties.
In a Collaborative Law process, each client and their lawyers agree in writing to attempt to resolve their dispute without going to court and make a commitment that the lawyers will not act for the clients if they cannot resolve their matter by collaboration and decide to litigate instead. This focuses the attention of all involved towards a constructive resolution.
The process involves a series of face-to-face sessions to discuss the issues at hand, identify the parties' interests, and explore potential solutions. The parties will have the opportunity to communicate their needs and goals directly to one another.
Neutral experts, such as jointly selected child or adult psychologists, accountants and/or financial planners attend some meetings to assist both parties.
Once an agreement is reached, the lawyers will draft a legally binding document outlining the terms of the settlement. This document will be presented to the court for approval and becomes a court order once accepted.
Like mediation, the collaborative process is voluntary and confidential.
If you are interested in the Collaborative Law process, please contact us for a confidential discussion.
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