When parties are unable to negotiate and reach agreement about any family law matter such as parenting arrangements or financial matters, alternative dispute resolution methods should be considered instead of court proceedings in the Family Court.

Litigation in the Family Court could be a long process and is often a financial and emotional strain on the parties.

Parties should therefore consider engaging in Mediation as an alternative means to seek resolution on the family law matter in dispute.

Mediation is a process in which a third party (“the Mediator”) helps the parties to a dispute come to an agreement wherever possible. A Mediator is a person independent of the opposing parties in the dispute. He or she is trained to assist parties to understand and reach agreement on the matter in dispute. In difficult cases, the Mediator may also be able to provide creative solutions for an agreement to be reached. The process often works because each party has the opportunity to express their views and discuss the issues in a logical manner in a calm mediated environment. Mediation has the potential to reduce the party’s legal costs by eliminating the need for Family Court intervention. In situations where it is not possible to reach a final agreement, Mediation is still valuable as it often assists in narrowing the issues between the parties as agreement may be reached on certain aspects of the dispute.

At Robertson Hayles Lawyers, our experienced family law solicitors can advise you on your rights in relation to the family law dispute, assist you in exploring whether Mediation is right for you and also provide you with information regarding the mediation process and the appointment of a Mediator. Our family law solicitors regularly attend Mediations with clients and our offices have suitable facilities to hold Mediations if required.

Contact one of our experienced family law solicitors on (08) 9325 1700 for further information or advice.