Family Mediation

Decision making in your hands

Family Mediation

Decision making in your hands

There’s a lot at stake in a family dispute, especially when it’s about your children. The speed of resolution is important. You want to see your kids today not months down the track; you want to reach a fair result, move on and avoid a costly court battle.

This is where mediation works.

Mediation is a popular way of resolving parenting arrangements and property disputes on relationship breakdown – without going to court. It’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s confidential, and you make decisions that affect you and your family, not a judge.

In mediation, a trained Mediator will assist you and your ex-partner communicate with each other about the issues that you want to resolve. You Mediator is impartial and will not provide legal advice to you or to your ex-partner but helps you go through your issues, explore options for settlement, negotiate and come to an agreement.

Although you don’t always need a lawyer to participate in mediation, mediation works best when you have legal advice. This is especially so, where the issues in dispute are complex or where there are safety concerns.

Is Mediation compulsory?

You must participate in family dispute resolution if you seek Parenting Orders from the family court unless exceptions apply. Exceptions include where there is domestic violence or abuse or risk of abuse to a child or other family member.

Attending family dispute resolution forms part of the family court’s pre-action protocols for parenting and property matters, and parties are required to make a genuine effort and resolve their dispute prior to making an application. If you do not, there are legal consequences.

As a practice that is firmly committed to finding solutions outside the court process, we have a dedicated website, which details our mediation service. This service is available if you wish to appoint our Principal Lawyer as your Mediator. Our Principal Lawyer is an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, who is authorised to issue S.60I Certificates in parenting matters, should a court application become necessary.

Our Service

By using our mediation and family dispute resolution service:

  • We will help you identify your goals and identify issues that require resolution.
  • We will help you generate options, negotiate, reality test those options to enable you to reach a sustainable child focused or property settlement.
  • Benefit from our considerable experience conducting family mediations.
  • Issue S60I Certificates where agreement has not been reached.
  • Guaranteed mediations within 5 days subject to parties’ availability.
  • Intake Sessions and Mediations conducted via zoom conferencing offering ease and flexibility.

By using our Lawyer Assisted mediation service:

  • We will help you identify your goals and identify issues that require resolution.
  • We will help you consider options, negotiate and reach a sustainable child-focused agreement, as the matter unfolds in mediation.
  • Provide you with on the spot legal advice and guidance, shaping the decisions you make in mediation.
  • Benefit from our considerable experience conducting family law litigation (and mediations) which shapes our understanding of how mediation can be better used to resolve your dispute, thus increasing your chances of an earlier negotiated outcome.
  • Document your agreement by drafting consent orders and parenting plans.

Arora Legal offers a range of fixed-fee legal and mediation services.  To find out how we can help you, BOOK your free 15-minute consult today or call 07 3180 0129 and speak to our specialist lawyer.

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