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,
- be faster,
- provide more support to parties, and
- provide a less stressful experience
than mediation through a government-funded Family Relationship Centre.
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 interract with your former partner for many years to come. There will be birthdays, school concerts, sporting events and graduations. Then weddings and grandchildren happen. As grandchildren grow there will be birthdays, school concerts and more sporting events, and then more weddings. Whew! I plotted your life out in one simple paragraph.
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.
Book a free, no-obligation 45-minute session for advice on your separation, co parenting issues, or to learn more about my services.
The typical cost of mediation is $600 – $900 per person. Cost will vary depending on level of conflict between the parties and number of issues in dispute. See my pricing page for more information.