Mediation is a way of resolving disputes without going to court. In Australia, the Family Court will not hear a matter unless the parties have first attempted mediation, with few exceptions.
Private mediation can:
be more flexible,
provide more support to parties, and
provide a less stressful experience
than mediation through a government-funded Family Relationship Centre.
60 minutes per person (separate sessions) for parenting only or property only
Each person is required to attend
Joint – phone, zoom or face-to-face (restrictions permitting)
Additional fee of $180 for face-to-face sessions
If we run out of time in our first session together we can schedule an additional session
I will produce agreements made in a lawyer-friendly format so they can easily be turned into consent orders.
The law requires separating families who have a dispute about children to make a genuine effort to try to sort it out through family dispute resolution (FDR) before filing an application for parenting orders in court.
Attorney-General's Department Australia
If you have children then you will most likely need to interact with your former partner for many years to come. There will be birthdays, school concerts, sporting events and graduations. Then weddings and grandchildren happen.
Do you want to be in conflict with your former partner for all of these important occasions? For so many years? How will that impact on your children, grandchildren and possibly great-grandchildren?
Mediation can empower you to discuss issues and find common ground, to develop your own parenting plan and property settlement without being dictated to by a judge or incurring the costs of negotiating through lawyers. Co parenting coaching can help you reduce conflict and smoothly adapt to the new realities of parenting separately.
Compare the typical cost of mediation to the cost of taking a matter to court:
Parenting matters only: $1060 per person (1 mediation session)*
Property settlement only: $1,325 per person (1 mediation session)*
Parenting matters and property settlement: $2,385 per person (2 mediation sessions)*
If you want to turn agreements into consent orders using a lawyer it will generally cost from $2,000 to $5,000 total depending on the complexity of the financial settlement*
The cost to take a matter through the family court starts at $80,000 per person
*These are estimates – your matter might cost more or less depending on your unique circumstances.
Can our child/children attend mediation?
No. Mediation is a place for adults to discuss adult issues and make adult decisions in the best interests of their children. It is never appropriate for a child to attend, or overhear, a mediation session. To do so would be to put the child’s psychological wellbeing at significant risk. All children want is the love and approval of BOTH parents. They should never be put in a position where they feel pressured to choose one parent over the other.
My child wants to have their say, or I want the other parent to hear what our child has to say.
It can be very beneficial for the child’s voice to be heard during mediation so parents can make informed decisions together. Child Inclusive Practice provides an opportunity for the child/children to meet with a qualified child consultant in a safe and supportive space. The purpose is to provide the child/children with the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the separation. The child consultant provides feedback to the mediator and both parents in a separate session. Both parents must agree to child inclusive mediation. Ask for more information.
Basic Mediation Process for Family Dispute Resolution
It depends. If you already have parenting arrangements, are not in high conflict and simply want to discuss one or two issues, it will be faster than if you are in high conflict and are just starting the process. Please set up a free consultation to learn more.
Not quite. Each party must attend an assessment session. If both parties are able to attend assessment in a timely manner and are willing to attend mediation, and mediation is assessed as being appropriate, then we can get started with mediation quickly. However, if one party is reluctant then it can take some time to ge things organised. It all depends on how motivated everyone is to proceed.
We must ensure that it is emotionally and physically safe for mediation to proceed. Mediation can be contentious. Where there has been domestic violence mediation might increase danger for the affected party. You can find more information here:
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