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Mediation & Family Dispute Resolution

We are NMAS Accredited Mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners

We are specialist family lawyers, mediators and registered family dispute resolution practitioners. We offer practical, solution focussed guidance for couples going through divorce and separation.

We provide an end-to-end, fixed cost mediation settlement service, including meeting with both parties and preparing settlement documents reflecting the terms of settlement reached between them at mediation with us.

Family Law Mediation

We have significant experience and expertise acting on a broad range of family law settlements and disputes by means of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Family law mediation and family dispute resolution provides parties with an opportunity to resolve every aspect of their separation in a non-adversarial, professionally supported environment.

Our usual approach to conducting family law mediations is evaluative, rather than facilitative.  In other words, we actively apply our legal expertise to provide our mediation clients with an independent evaluation of the legal issues underpinning their dispute.

While we take a neutral and independent position in the negotiations, we will express a legal view as to whether we think that a position taken, or proposal made, by a person has merit or not.

We do not just sit on the sideline and convey proposals between the parties back and forth. We engage with the issues and offer tailored legal solutions that are practical and workable.

We provide mediation services in relation to any issue arising between separated couples, including financial settlements, parenting arrangements, child support and relocation disputes.

As part of our service offering, we are able to draft quality, legally-binding agreements recording the terms of settlement reached between parties at mediation, including Parenting Plans, Consent Orders, Financial Agreements and Binding Child Support Agreements.

We offer our family law mediation clients a fixed fee end-to-end package which includes the parties’ attendance at mediation and preparation of settlement documents recording the terms of agreement reached between the parties at mediation.

We have internal rooms and facilities at our CBD offices to conduct mediations involving multiple parties at no additional costPlease telephone us to discuss our availability and professional mediation fees. 

Both of our mediators are practising, specialist family lawyers who apply their legal expertise in the resolution of family disputes via the mediation pathway.

For more information on our fixed fee terms, see here.

Family Dispute Resolution

We are Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, registered with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office to issue statutory certificates under section 60I Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).

Our family dispute resolution services usually focus on parenting disputes and the resolution of issues that are ancillary to this, such as the ongoing financial support that each person is to provide for the children.

We apply our specialist family law expertise in the resolution of parenting disputes involving a broad range of matters, including the weekly living arrangements of children, relocation, family violence, coercive control and people with complex needs.

We offer our family dispute resolution clients a fixed fee end-to-end package which includes the parties’ attendance at mediation and preparation of settlement documents recording the terms of agreement reached between the parties at mediation.

For more information on our fixed fee terms, see here.

Collaborative Family Law

 We are trained collaborative family lawyers and members of:  

  • Collaborative Professionals NSW. 
  • Central Sydney Collaborative Forum; and
  • The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. 

Collaborative Practice is an alternative dispute resolution process that helps parties reach agreement without resorting to litigation and the uncertainty, costs and delays associated with the court process.

 The collaborative approach allows separated couples to:  

  • negotiate in the spirit of co-operation and mutuality;
  • resolve their issues in a supported, transparent environment and framework; and
  • take control of the negotiations and frame terms of settlement that suits them and their children, not lawyers and judges.

Collaborative Practice aims to find solutions that prioritise the needs and interests of all parties involved in the dispute.  

 The key elements of Collaborative Practice include:  

  • Collaborative participation agreement:   Parties sign a written agreement to negotiate and settle their differences collaboratively without going to court. 
  • Full disclosure: Parties voluntarily provide all relevant and material information about the issues in dispute.  Transparency about information is crucial to foster trust and facilitate meaningful negotiations. 
  • Good faith negotiations: During the negotiation process, parties commit to act in good faith to reach a mutually beneficial settlement. This involves honest communication and mutual respect. 
  • Legal representation:  Parties are legally represented during the collaborative process.  If the negotiations fail and one party starts court proceedings, the collaborative lawyers must withdraw and both parties must retain new lawyers. 
  • Involvement of other professionals:  The collaborative process will often involve expert third parties such as a neutral Coach, mental health and financial experts to assist the parties through the process.
  • Joint engagement of experts: Parties can jointly engage other collaboratively-trained experts as needed to help resolve specific issues or provide additional guidance, such as child consultants, independent expert accountants, business valuers and property valuers.

We accept instructions and referrals directly from private clients and family lawyers who are collaboratively trained in relation to a broad range of family law matters, including financial settlements involving significant private and business assets, complex financial arrangements, trust structures and offshore property.