Mediation is a voluntary process that allows parties involved in a dispute to:
Unlike going to Court, mediation puts control back into the hands of the people involved in the dispute and allows them to shape the outcome. Because of this, mediation is more likely to produce long-term solutions that each party can accept and will comply with.
Mediation is a cost-effective dispute resolution process.
Mediation can help parties achieved more in a three-or four-hour session than they probably would through months of legal letters going back and forth between their lawyers.
Mediation costs a fraction of what it costs to go to Court.
Reaching a resolution through the Family Law Courts can take years. It is possible to reach a final settlement in a number of hours through mediation.
Mediation is a confidential process. Nothing said during the mediation can be used outside of the mediation including in Court (other than if there have been threats made to property of people).
Rather than responding to a date set by the Court, mediations are organised to suit the needs of the people involved.
Mediation can be conducted face-to-face, over the phone or via video conferencing.
Depending upon the parties’ availability, Mediations can be arranged quickly; and if necessary, at short notice.
Mediation is an informal process which enables participants to focus on reaching outcomes in a safe, non-threatening environment.
Particularly with family disputes where there will be an ongoing co-parenting relationship, mediation allows parties to address their concerns in an open and supported environment where each party is given an opportunity to be heard and have their concerns acknowledged.
Mediators do not take sides. They are neutral facilitators who will work with each participant to identify they issues they wish to discuss and then help the parties work towards a solution.
Whether the dispute involves parenting, property, divorce or child support, any agreement reached will be documented for the parties to take to their lawyers to be drafted into a legally binding agreement.