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What to Expect At a Family Law Mediation for Property Division

Working out what to do with property assets when a couple decides to separate can be a difficult, stressful process. And it’s not made easier by the cost and inevitable delays involved if you need to go to court to have orders made about how everything should be divided. That’s where mediation offers a compelling… Read More »What to Expect At a Family Law Mediation for Property Division

What Is Included in a Matrimonial Property Pool?

Coming to a property settlement that meets the satisfaction of both parties is often the hardest part of a divorce. While it’s a necessary process so that you can both move on with your lives, working out the ‘pool’ of assets that need to be divided can be a complex process. Is it only the… Read More »What Is Included in a Matrimonial Property Pool?

How Are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters?

In the sad event that a marriage or de facto relationship comes to an end, one of the most contentious areas when it comes to the disentangling of two lives is the property settlement. In particular, the issue of contributions by each party to the relationship can become a common sticking point in any division… Read More »How Are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters?

How to Resolve Your Family Law Dispute Online

To say the COVID-19 pandemic is a game-changer may be a bit of an understatement. It has not only changed the way we live, but it has also changed the way we work. For Australian courts, that means using new technology to facilitate the resolution of conflicts such as a family law dispute. According to… Read More »How to Resolve Your Family Law Dispute Online

How to Prepare for a Property Settlement Mediation

When it comes to separation, some couples seemingly handle even the most difficult issues with ease and calm. Others, not so much. Some find it difficult to agree on anything — especially on how to divide property and assets. If that is the case for you and your partner, property settlement mediation can help. But… Read More »How to Prepare for a Property Settlement Mediation

The Costs Of Going To Court

The costs of going to court are staggering, yet many people still consider this as their only option when trying to resolve a dispute. Going to court to resolve conflict is increasingly considered as the worst way to get things sorted, with most courts in Australia now mandating that mediation or alternate dispute resolution is… Read More »The Costs Of Going To Court

A Simple Way to Understand Mediation

It’s likely that most people have probably heard of mediation but unless you know someone who has been through it, you may not know exactly what it is or how it works. Here is some simple information to help you understand mediation. What is mediation? Mediation is one means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and… Read More »A Simple Way to Understand Mediation

How is Mediation Different from Collaborative Law?

One of the questions family lawyers often get is whether it is possible to get divorced without going to court. The answer is: yes. Dispute resolution has long been recognised as an option for people who want to avoid costly litigation. To most people, the concept is synonymous only with mediation but ‘collaborative law’ is… Read More »How is Mediation Different from Collaborative Law?

Five Benefits of Using Mediation to Resolve Divorce Issues

Divorce is one of the most difficult times in any person’s life. It’s made harder by the fact that while you’re struggling to come to terms with the end of an important relationship in your life, there are big issues to be resolved around property, finances and children. These days many people going through a… Read More »Five Benefits of Using Mediation to Resolve Divorce Issues

How You Can Reach an Agreement in Mediation

Mediation is a proven way for people to avoid going to court. Family law mediation, in particular, can save people who are going through the emotional trauma of a relationship ending a lot of stress, time and money because of its high success rate. The reason this form of negotiation works is because it brings… Read More »How You Can Reach an Agreement in Mediation

Mediation in Property Settlement Cases

When a couple decides to end their relationship, it’s usually the case that they wish to separate their lives as soon as practicably possible. This can prove difficult to do if you owned property together during the relationship. Settling property matters is an important step in being able to move forward with your life, particularly… Read More »Mediation in Property Settlement Cases

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Mediation for Child Custody Disputes

When a couple’s relationship ends, things can become so bitter and emotional that people can think going to court is the only way to resolve the issues between them, including the custody and raising of any children from the union. But fighting through the court is generally a drawn-out, costly and adversarial process that can… Read More »5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Mediation for Child Custody Disputes

How to Get Ready for Property Settlement Mediation

When it comes to family law matters, none of us really want to go to court. Unfortunately when a couple separates, dividing up the property assets acquired either jointly or separately during the relationship can prove to be a conflict-riddled process that often ends in costly, time-consuming litigation. In many cases these days, separating couples… Read More »How to Get Ready for Property Settlement Mediation

The Role of the Lawyer in Mediation

These days mediation is a required step before many family law matters may proceed to court action. In many cases, the former partners will resolve their areas of disagreement at this stage, saving time, money and a lot of stress. The collaborative nature of mediation, guided by a neutral third-party in the mediator, can also… Read More »The Role of the Lawyer in Mediation

Difference Between Mediation & Conciliation

There are a variety of terms used in the area of alternative dispute resolution (usually referred to these days as just ‘dispute resolution’) and at times, they can be confusing. Two of the most common terms are mediation and conciliation. Both are common processes used in family law mediation. Both share many features but also… Read More »Difference Between Mediation & Conciliation

How Mediation Can Help in Financial Agreements

In the context of family law disputes, unfortunately for many, the default position is to seek legal help and pursue a resolution through litigation. Whilst this approach is largely borne out of people simply not knowing all of their options, it can be a dangerous and expensive approach. Australia’s Family Law Act 1975 recognises financial… Read More »How Mediation Can Help in Financial Agreements

Mediate, Collaborate or Litigate.

In the context of family law disputes, unfortunately for many, the default position is to seek legal help and pursue a resolution through litigation. Whilst this approach is largely borne out of people simply not knowing all of their options, it can be a dangerous and expensive approach. The far better way to consider your… Read More »Mediate, Collaborate or Litigate.

What Do I Need to Disclose in My Property Settlement Dispute?

The effective resolution of family law disputes mediation relating to property settlements relies upon transparency between you and your ex-partner to fully disclose relevant information to each other. Typically “disclosure” is discussed in the context of financial matters, but it also can relate to mediation parenting matters as well. The process of disclosing all relevant… Read More »What Do I Need to Disclose in My Property Settlement Dispute?

Nothing Alternate About Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Increasingly throughout the World alternate dispute resolution, be it through mediation, collaborative law or arbitration is becoming the norm, as courts more and more divert people in dispute away from litigation. What’s Wrong with Litigation? Litigation is lengthy, expensive, and emotional rollercoaster and rarely gives the results that those caught in it expected. Both courts… Read More »Nothing Alternate About Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Family Law Mediation. What Happens If I Don’t Want to Do It?

At the outset, there are circumstances in which mediation is not appropriate and we will detail them further in this article. In Australia and throughout the World there is a growing acknowledgment that litigation does not work, but for the very few who have no other alternative. Litigation is often lengthy, costly, have little regard… Read More »Family Law Mediation. What Happens If I Don’t Want to Do It?

How to Get Ready for Mediation

Mediation is a highly effective way of resolving family law dispute mediation to do with property or parenting matters. Generally speaking, the far majority of matters that are mediated are done so successfully saving separated couples tens and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the emotional stress that lengthy litigation brings with… Read More »How to Get Ready for Mediation

Becoming Independent Sooner. How Mediation Can Help You Agree on Spousal Support

The last predicament you want to be in the following separation is without money. Yet it’s not uncommon for people to leave a relationship without properly considering everything. It goes without saying that once separated people can feel the financial brunt very quickly. That being the case, it doesn’t mean that you can’t turn things… Read More »Becoming Independent Sooner. How Mediation Can Help You Agree on Spousal Support

Is Mediation Expensive?

In the scheme of things, mediation is inexpensive when compared with the alternatives. But it also needs to be considered in the context of if successful, the massive amount of time and emotional energy you save in resolving in this manner as opposed to litigation. What is the cost of mediation? A mediation will range… Read More »Is Mediation Expensive?

The Different Ways to Resolve Family Law Disputes

There are now numerous ways to resolve property settlements mediation without having to go to court. For example, Australian courts make mediation a mandatory step in the litigation process. The reason for this is that judicial officers in family law jurisdictions have long argued that court intervention should only ever be the last resort and… Read More »The Different Ways to Resolve Family Law Disputes

How Does Mediation Help Co-Parenting

Most separated parents want to equally maintain parenting responsibilities. The success of this often depends on how amicable the relationship is between you and your ex-partner. It goes without saying that if you are both embroiled in long-standing litigation it’s probably more likely than not that any shared or co-parenting arrangement will be problematic. In… Read More »How Does Mediation Help Co-Parenting

When Should We Consider Property Settlement Mediation?

There is one myth that is often prevalent in the minds of separated couples that they need to wait until they’re divorced before considering a property settlement. This is not true and in fact, quite the opposite. Strict Time Frames for Property Settlements The time limit for property settlements in a marriage is 12 months… Read More »When Should We Consider Property Settlement Mediation?

How Much Does Mediation Cost?

The cost of mediation depends upon where you’re currently at in resolving your family law dispute and the type of dispute. There are a number of mediation avenues for you to consider in resolving your family law dispute. If your dispute relates to children or parenting, Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is compulsory, which means that… Read More »How Much Does Mediation Cost?

Litigation or Mediation? Choose Very Wisely!

At the outset, let’s be very clear, mediation is not litigation. Litigation, of course, conjures up in the minds of many people, a battle to the end, with no real winners or losers, but rather most likely two battle fatigued people who are substantially poorer and more emotionally drained than they were when they chose… Read More »Litigation or Mediation? Choose Very Wisely!

I’m Contemplating Separation, Do I See a Lawyer or a Mediation Practice First?

We encourage you to contact Mediators Australia first. We can answer your questions about whether or not mediation may work in your particular circumstance. In the event that you see a family lawyer first, depending upon the practitioner, you may find that their inclination is towards litigation as opposed to mediation. Obviously the latter is… Read More »I’m Contemplating Separation, Do I See a Lawyer or a Mediation Practice First?

The Seven Most Common Questions About Mediation

1. Why You Should Consider Mediation Numerous legal matters these days require you to attend mediation as a pre-requisite before having your matter heard in court. It’s the court’s way of sign-posting to you that it is far more effective and efficient to have your legal dispute handled this way, as opposed to a Judge,… Read More »The Seven Most Common Questions About Mediation

How Are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters?

In the sad event that a marriage or de facto relationship comes to an end, one of the most contentious areas when it comes to the disentangling of two lives is the property settlement. In particular, the issue of contributions by each party to the relationship can become a common sticking point in any division… Read More »How Are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters?

Family Law Mediation. What Happens If I Don’t Want to Do It?

At the outset, there are circumstances in which mediation is not appropriate and we will detail them further in this article. In Australia and throughout the World there is a growing acknowledgment that litigation does not work, but for the very few who have no other alternative. Litigation is often lengthy, costly, have little regard… Read More »Family Law Mediation. What Happens If I Don’t Want to Do It?

What to Expect At a Family Law Mediation for Property Division

Working out what to do with property assets when a couple decides to separate can be a difficult, stressful process. And it’s not made easier by the cost and inevitable delays involved if you need to go to court to have orders made about how everything should be divided. That’s where mediation offers a compelling… Read More »What to Expect At a Family Law Mediation for Property Division

The Costs Of Going To Court

The costs of going to court are staggering, yet many people still consider this as their only option when trying to resolve a dispute. Going to court to resolve conflict is increasingly considered as the worst way to get things sorted, with most courts in Australia now mandating that mediation or alternate dispute resolution is… Read More »The Costs Of Going To Court

A Simple Way to Understand Mediation

It’s likely that most people have probably heard of mediation but unless you know someone who has been through it, you may not know exactly what it is or how it works. Here is some simple information to help you understand mediation. What is mediation? Mediation is one means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and… Read More »A Simple Way to Understand Mediation

How is Mediation Different from Collaborative Law?

One of the questions family lawyers often get is whether it is possible to get divorced without going to court. The answer is: yes. Dispute resolution has long been recognised as an option for people who want to avoid costly litigation. To most people, the concept is synonymous only with mediation but ‘collaborative law’ is… Read More »How is Mediation Different from Collaborative Law?

Five Benefits of Using Mediation to Resolve Divorce Issues

Divorce is one of the most difficult times in any person’s life. It’s made harder by the fact that while you’re struggling to come to terms with the end of an important relationship in your life, there are big issues to be resolved around property, finances and children. These days many people going through a… Read More »Five Benefits of Using Mediation to Resolve Divorce Issues

How You Can Reach an Agreement in Mediation

Mediation is a proven way for people to avoid going to court. Family law mediation, in particular, can save people who are going through the emotional trauma of a relationship ending a lot of stress, time and money because of its high success rate. The reason this form of negotiation works is because it brings… Read More »How You Can Reach an Agreement in Mediation

Mediation in Property Settlement Cases

When a couple decides to end their relationship, it’s usually the case that they wish to separate their lives as soon as practicably possible. This can prove difficult to do if you owned property together during the relationship. Settling property matters is an important step in being able to move forward with your life, particularly… Read More »Mediation in Property Settlement Cases

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Mediation for Child Custody Disputes

When a couple’s relationship ends, things can become so bitter and emotional that people can think going to court is the only way to resolve the issues between them, including the custody and raising of any children from the union. But fighting through the court is generally a drawn-out, costly and adversarial process that can… Read More »5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Mediation for Child Custody Disputes

How to Get Ready for Property Settlement Mediation

When it comes to family law matters, none of us really want to go to court. Unfortunately when a couple separates, dividing up the property assets acquired either jointly or separately during the relationship can prove to be a conflict-riddled process that often ends in costly, time-consuming litigation. In many cases these days, separating couples… Read More »How to Get Ready for Property Settlement Mediation

The Role of the Lawyer in Mediation

These days mediation is a required step before many family law matters may proceed to court action. In many cases, the former partners will resolve their areas of disagreement at this stage, saving time, money and a lot of stress. The collaborative nature of mediation, guided by a neutral third-party in the mediator, can also… Read More »The Role of the Lawyer in Mediation

Difference Between Mediation & Conciliation

There are a variety of terms used in the area of alternative dispute resolution (usually referred to these days as just ‘dispute resolution’) and at times, they can be confusing. Two of the most common terms are mediation and conciliation. Both are common processes used in family law mediation. Both share many features but also… Read More »Difference Between Mediation & Conciliation

How Mediation Can Help in Financial Agreements

In the context of family law disputes, unfortunately for many, the default position is to seek legal help and pursue a resolution through litigation. Whilst this approach is largely borne out of people simply not knowing all of their options, it can be a dangerous and expensive approach. Australia’s Family Law Act 1975 recognises financial… Read More »How Mediation Can Help in Financial Agreements

Mediate, Collaborate or Litigate.

In the context of family law disputes, unfortunately for many, the default position is to seek legal help and pursue a resolution through litigation. Whilst this approach is largely borne out of people simply not knowing all of their options, it can be a dangerous and expensive approach. The far better way to consider your… Read More »Mediate, Collaborate or Litigate.

Family Law Mediation. What Happens If I Don’t Want to Do It?

At the outset, there are circumstances in which mediation is not appropriate and we will detail them further in this article. In Australia and throughout the World there is a growing acknowledgment that litigation does not work, but for the very few who have no other alternative. Litigation is often lengthy, costly, have little regard… Read More »Family Law Mediation. What Happens If I Don’t Want to Do It?

How to Get Ready for Mediation

Mediation is a highly effective way of resolving family law dispute mediation to do with property or parenting matters. Generally speaking, the far majority of matters that are mediated are done so successfully saving separated couples tens and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the emotional stress that lengthy litigation brings with… Read More »How to Get Ready for Mediation

Becoming Independent Sooner. How Mediation Can Help You Agree on Spousal Support

The last predicament you want to be in the following separation is without money. Yet it’s not uncommon for people to leave a relationship without properly considering everything. It goes without saying that once separated people can feel the financial brunt very quickly. That being the case, it doesn’t mean that you can’t turn things… Read More »Becoming Independent Sooner. How Mediation Can Help You Agree on Spousal Support

Is Mediation Expensive?

In the scheme of things, mediation is inexpensive when compared with the alternatives. But it also needs to be considered in the context of if successful, the massive amount of time and emotional energy you save in resolving in this manner as opposed to litigation. What is the cost of mediation? A mediation will range… Read More »Is Mediation Expensive?

How Does Mediation Help Co-Parenting

Most separated parents want to equally maintain parenting responsibilities. The success of this often depends on how amicable the relationship is between you and your ex-partner. It goes without saying that if you are both embroiled in long-standing litigation it’s probably more likely than not that any shared or co-parenting arrangement will be problematic. In… Read More »How Does Mediation Help Co-Parenting

When Should We Consider Property Settlement Mediation?

There is one myth that is often prevalent in the minds of separated couples that they need to wait until they’re divorced before considering a property settlement. This is not true and in fact, quite the opposite. Strict Time Frames for Property Settlements The time limit for property settlements in a marriage is 12 months… Read More »When Should We Consider Property Settlement Mediation?

How Much Does Mediation Cost?

The cost of mediation depends upon where you’re currently at in resolving your family law dispute and the type of dispute. There are a number of mediation avenues for you to consider in resolving your family law dispute. If your dispute relates to children or parenting, Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is compulsory, which means that… Read More »How Much Does Mediation Cost?

Litigation or Mediation? Choose Very Wisely!

At the outset, let’s be very clear, mediation is not litigation. Litigation, of course, conjures up in the minds of many people, a battle to the end, with no real winners or losers, but rather most likely two battle fatigued people who are substantially poorer and more emotionally drained than they were when they chose… Read More »Litigation or Mediation? Choose Very Wisely!

I’m Contemplating Separation, Do I See a Lawyer or a Mediation Practice First?

We encourage you to contact Mediators Australia first. We can answer your questions about whether or not mediation may work in your particular circumstance. In the event that you see a family lawyer first, depending upon the practitioner, you may find that their inclination is towards litigation as opposed to mediation. Obviously the latter is… Read More »I’m Contemplating Separation, Do I See a Lawyer or a Mediation Practice First?

The Seven Most Common Questions About Mediation

1. Why You Should Consider Mediation Numerous legal matters these days require you to attend mediation as a pre-requisite before having your matter heard in court. It’s the court’s way of sign-posting to you that it is far more effective and efficient to have your legal dispute handled this way, as opposed to a Judge,… Read More »The Seven Most Common Questions About Mediation

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