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How Do I Change a Consent Order?

Can I Change Consent Orders? This is a common question asked by many people. But before we answer the question, let’s give some context. How do Consent Orders work? When two individuals separate, they typically want to come to an agreement on how their financial assets will be divided and how their children will be… Read More »How Do I Change a Consent Order?

What are Family Reports in Family Law Matters?

What is a Family Report? The court may direct a family consultant to submit a family report on subjects the court deems relevant under Section 62G(2) of the Family Law Act (1975). But what exactly does this imply? A Family Report is a document written by a court-appointed psychologist or social worker (typically one of… Read More »What are Family Reports in Family Law Matters?

What Happens if Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers? 2022 Update

What Happens if Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers? Divorce is a relatively simple procedure in Australia. However, there are situations when one partner refuses to sign the divorce documents. If you’re planning to start the divorce process but are worried that your ex-partner will object, you should speak with a divorce lawyer. At Mediations… Read More »What Happens if Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers? 2022 Update

What is Child Custody Mediation. 2022 Update

What is Child Custody Mediation Many people have questions about the mediation process. It is a compulsory step when there are parenting matters in dispute, hence the question, what is child custody mediation? Separation and divorce are difficult for everyone involved: you, your ex-partner, your children, and your extended family. When emotions are high and… Read More »What is Child Custody Mediation. 2022 Update

The Difference Between a Divorce Lawyer and a Mediator

With the heightened emotions (and sometimes anger) that accompany the end of a marriage or de facto partnership, many people believe that hiring a lawyer to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and to fight for them is the only way to go proceed through the maze of family law. Nothing could be further from… Read More »The Difference Between a Divorce Lawyer and a Mediator

Trial Separation. Everything You Need to Know

Trial Separation A trial separation is not the same as a real separation or divorce, but it can be just as unpleasant and frightening for the spouse who does not want to separate. Living apart but preserving your marriage status allows you and your partner to honestly assess your concerns and issues without completely pulling… Read More »Trial Separation. Everything You Need to Know

Family Court Process. 2022 Update

The Family Court Process A court application can be brought in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia if the parties cannot reach an amicable agreement through a parenting plan, consent orders, and/or a financial agreement. A variety of rules control the family court process. When the parties have exhausted all efforts, through their… Read More »Family Court Process. 2022 Update

Pre-Separation Checklist

Important Things to Consider Before Separation Separation, in the worst-case scenario, involves a person leaving the marital or de facto home in haste and not returning. Conversely, the best-case scenario is when someone leaves after exploring all the options, both in regard to reconciling the relationship and of course, in the event that it’s unlikely,… Read More »Pre-Separation Checklist

Divorce & Splitting Assets. 2022 Guide

When people consider divorce, soon after they think of splitting assets. While the term, “divorce splitting assets” is a term often searched in Google, you of course don’t need to be divorced before splitting assets. In fact, it’s recommended that you do it soon after separation. In this article, we’ll let you know everything about… Read More »Divorce & Splitting Assets. 2022 Guide

Divorce Property Settlement – Your Best Options in 2022

Separation from a relationship can be a traumatic and stressful experience. When a relationship ends, it’s never easy, and it’s common for people to feel adrift and unsure of what to do next. At the forefront of their mind, is often a divorce property settlement. Aside from the emotional toll, there are also financial and… Read More »Divorce Property Settlement – Your Best Options in 2022

Superannuation and Family Law. Important 2022 Update

In the past, obtaining information about a former spouse or partner’s superannuation assets in family court procedures required directly contacting the relevant super fund. This procedure also relied greatly on the former spouse or partner being honest and forthcoming about where their retirement funds were held. All of that is poised to change on April… Read More »Superannuation and Family Law. Important 2022 Update

The Best Apps for Separated Parents in Australia

If parenting can be hard, parenting after a separation can be exponentially harder. To do it well, take advantage of all the help you can get. One form of help available to you is a co-parenting app. These apps let you: Create your ideal changeover calendar, check it easily and make adjustments as necessary.  Store… Read More »The Best Apps for Separated Parents in Australia

How to Get Divorce Papers. The 2022 Guide

By far, The best way to get divorce papers is to apply for a divorce online. In this 2022 guide, we will let you know the best way to get divorce papers. You can also talk to one of our lawyers at Mediations Australia. To begin, you must have been legally separated from your spouse… Read More »How to Get Divorce Papers. The 2022 Guide

Fathers Rights in Family Law. 2022 Update

When it comes to ‘father’s rights’ in parenting matters, it’s vital to remember that under the Family Law Act 1975, there are no men’s rights vs. women’s rights. In fact, the child’s rights are the only ones that the Court is legally required to consider. A child has a right to be cared for by… Read More »Fathers Rights in Family Law. 2022 Update

What if My Ex Dies Before Our Property Settlement is Finalised

When a couple separates or divorces, it's usual for legal and financial professionals to advise both parties to finalise their property settlement as quickly as possible. There are compelling reasons for this. One of these is to tie things up from a financial perspective in the event that something, like death, happens to one ofRead More »What if My Ex Dies Before Our Property Settlement is Finalised

Grandparent’s Rights. How To See Your Grandchildren. 2022 Update

Grandparents’ rights are frequently impacted by relationship failures, and this is sometimes overlooked when discussing divorce and separation. Grandparents play a fundamentally important role in children’s lives and all needs to be done to ensure that the connection between children and their grandparents continues despite the separation of the parents. But importantly, when considering grandparent’s… Read More »Grandparent’s Rights. How To See Your Grandchildren. 2022 Update

What are the Mother’s Rights in Family Law

Historically, when considering a mother’s or father’s rights when it comes to custody of the children, mothers were granted custody in the far majority of cases. Legislation enacted in 2006 was the foundation for this weighted decision-making by family courts. However, now, mothers’ rights are not recognised by Australian family law. Fathers’ rights are also… Read More »What are the Mother’s Rights in Family Law

What You Need to Know About Parenting Coordination. 2022 Update

While co-parenting is not a new thing, there has been a shift toward parents hiring a Parenting Coordinator to help them navigate and, hopefully, resolve issues that may emerge in regard to parenting plans. The use of a Parenting Coordinator has been increasingly popular in recent years, with the purpose of reducing friction between parents… Read More »What You Need to Know About Parenting Coordination. 2022 Update

Why You Have to Update Your Will After Separation

Separation from a partner or spouse can be a very stressful time for everyone involved. A plethora of issues must be considered, ranging from property settlement to child support and all in between. One aspect of this process that should never be overlooked is the evaluation and update of your estate plan. It is possible… Read More »Why You Have to Update Your Will After Separation

Pets and Family Law. Who Gets the Pets After Separation?

Parenting arrangements and/or property settlements are at the forefront of most couples’ minds when they separate or divorce. But what happens to the family dog, cat, or other pets that were once a member of the household? Pet ownership has increased significantly in Australia throughout the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 69… Read More »Pets and Family Law. Who Gets the Pets After Separation?

What You Need to Know About Parenting Plans

When a couple with a child or children divorces or ends their de facto relationship, challenges can develop as a result of the dissolution of the marriage or de facto relationship, with the most likely issue being what will happen to the children. Obviously, in family law disputes, it’s the most important consideration. Among the… Read More »What You Need to Know About Parenting Plans

What is the Role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

In complex parenting cases, a judge may order the appointment of an independent children’s lawyer (ICL). Parties may also request the appointment of an ICL if they can demonstrate to the court that it is essential. An independent children’s lawyer, according to the Family Law Act of 1975, is a legal practitioner with specific training… Read More »What is the Role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

What is a DVO? How to Apply for a Domestic Violence Order

What is the definition of a DVO (domestic violence order)? Domestic violence has been recognised as a serious public health concern in Australia during the last decade, with 17 percent of women and 6% of males having experienced physical or sexual assault from a current or former partner since they were 15 years old. Domestic… Read More »What is a DVO? How to Apply for a Domestic Violence Order

Can You Record Your Ex Without Permission

Unless you’re protecting yourself or your property, it’s illegal to record someone without their agreement under state law. If you are convicted of filming someone without their consent, you might face up to five years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime. There is no problem of illegality if you have your spouse’s… Read More »Can You Record Your Ex Without Permission

De Facto Relationships and Prenups. What You Have to Know

Prenuptial agreements, also known as ‘Binding Financial Agreements‘ in Australia, are a delicate and frequently misunderstood topic. Some people mistakenly believe that these types of Financial Agreements indicate that a relationship is in trouble, although this is rarely the case. People get life insurance not because they anticipate dying soon, but because they want to… Read More »De Facto Relationships and Prenups. What You Have to Know

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?

In Australia, how long does it take to get a divorce granted? Many people considering divorce or separation often ponder this very subject, whether it is because they wish to move on with their lives or for any other reason. Among the objectives of this article are to offer a general understanding of the subject… Read More »How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?

Family Law Separation Agreements. The 2022 Guide

A separation agreement is a legally enforceable instrument that formalizes the distribution of your assets upon your divorce. Considering that a separation agreement is legally enforceable, each party to such an agreement must carefully analyze their choices and choose whether or not signing a separation agreement is in their best interests before proceeding. What are… Read More »Family Law Separation Agreements. The 2022 Guide

Understanding Intervention Orders: Everything You Need to Know

Domestic and family violence is a terrible fact of Australian life, affecting many thousands of people every year. The type of harmful behaviour that can be encompassed by this sort of violence includes physical intimidation of one person by another, including hitting or pushing them, as well as sexual, emotional, psychological and even financial abuse.… Read More »Understanding Intervention Orders: Everything You Need to Know

Surrogacy Laws in Australia: The 2022 Legal Guide

What Exactly Is Surrogacy? A “surrogate” is a person who acts on behalf of another person in order to achieve a desired result; in other words, a “surrogate” is just a substitute. To put it another way, ‘surrogate parenting’ refers to one person, the surrogate, carrying a pregnancy on behalf of another person, often someone… Read More »Surrogacy Laws in Australia: The 2022 Legal Guide

Getting Divorced or Separated. The 2022 Guide

Separating or ending a marriage or de facto relationship can be an incredibly difficult period for all concerned. Though for some, it can be quite the contrary. Wherever you are on the journey, you need to know some legal basics. At Mediations Australia, we’re early-resolution focussed. We believe that family law matters should, unless absolutely… Read More »Getting Divorced or Separated. The 2022 Guide

The 2022 Guide for Preparing for Mediation

Mediation should be a collaborative process in which you and the other parties involved work together to address the issues and come to an agreement that you and your former partner can live with. Like every successful negotiation, there is give and take. If you’re not willing to give a little, your path to a… Read More »The 2022 Guide for Preparing for Mediation

When should I think about Parenting Mediation or Custody Mediation?

When parents cannot agree on issues that affect a child’s near and long term future, parental mediation is advised. These might include disagreements between you and your former partner like: Who the child should live with time spent with each parent where the child lives what childcare or school the child attends and their educational… Read More »When should I think about Parenting Mediation or Custody Mediation?

Binding Financial Agreements

What is a Binding Financial Agreement? A binding financial agreement is a term used in Australia to refer to a legally binding financial arrangement. Pre-nuptial agreements, also known as binding financial agreements (BFAs), are a contract or series of documents that control your property interests in the event of divorce or dissolution of a de… Read More »Binding Financial Agreements

What is a Restraining Order? Everything You Need to Know

Domestic violence is a growing problem in Australia, with one in three women experiencing physical violence in a relationship and about one in 16 men also suffering violence from their partner in a relationship. High profile cases such as the murder of Brisbane mother Hannah Clarke and her three children by her ex-partner in 2020… Read More »What is a Restraining Order? Everything You Need to Know

What is a DVO? Everything You Need to Know

Domestic violence affects men, women, children, and wider family members in a terribly damaging way. Around one in three women experience physical violence in a relationship after the age of 15. On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. About one in 16 men also experience violence from their… Read More »What is a DVO? Everything You Need to Know

How are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters

In the sad event that 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 of… Read More »How are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters

Consent Orders

If both parties are able to reach an agreement on how to divide their assets and/or on the care, welfare, and development of their children, the Family Court can issue orders based on their mutual agreement, which is known as consent, in order to resolve their differences. Neither of you will have to attend in… Read More »Consent Orders

What am I Entitled to in a Divorce or Separation in Australia?

Despite the fact that the notion of sharing things 50/50 has been ingrained in most of us since childhood, it is not necessarily the most equal approach, particularly in the context of family law. Numerous separating or divorcing couples make the mistake of assuming that all that is required of them is to keep everything… Read More »What am I Entitled to in a Divorce or Separation in Australia?

Can My Ex Wife Claim Money after Divorce in Australia

If the relationship between you and your former partner has ended, you’re able to file an Application in the Family Law Courts to seek an Order outlining how the assets acquired during your relationship should be divided between you both. In most cases, the parties to the relationship will seek to negotiate a mutually agreed… Read More »Can My Ex Wife Claim Money after Divorce in Australia

Divorce Application

Obtaining a Divorce Application If you have separated or are contemplating separation, the process of divorce will be front of mind. There are of course other much more significant things that occur following separation than the divorce process. Yes, it’s of course important, but ensure you’re well aware of all other things that need to… Read More »Divorce Application

De Facto Relationships

In Australia, de facto relationships are very common and are becoming more so. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released fresh data on marriage and divorce rates, the average age at which people marry, and changes in the nature of relationships that lead to marriage in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, compared… Read More »De Facto Relationships

How Property Settlements Work

Making a property settlement without the help of a court is possible. In order to complete a property settlement without the help of the court system, there are a variety of tools accessible to you. You should, however, obtain legal advice from our team of Family Lawyers and Mediators at Mediations Australia to assist you… Read More »How Property Settlements Work

What am I entitled to in a Separation?

What am I entitled to in a separation? The most important questions you need to answer when you are separating from your partner are; what am I entitled to in a separation; how the assets will divide; what is the percentage of division? In Australia when a couple separates, there can be a misunderstanding of… Read More »What am I entitled to in a Separation?

The Cost of Divorce in Australia

Listen to this article instead The Cost of Divorce in Australia doesn’t have to be as high as you may think. It’s likely that you have heard of the horror stories of family lawyers who have charged so much that there wasn’t much left after they took out their fees. While those stories are sometimes… Read More »The Cost of Divorce in Australia

What is a Section 60I Certificate & Why Do I Need One?

Listen to this article instead: Mediation in recent years has been a mandatory step to resolving family law disputes. It is required under the relevant legislation, in this case, the Family Law Act 1975 that separating couples need to show the court that they have made a genuine attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation… Read More »What is a Section 60I Certificate & Why Do I Need One?

How to Convince Your Ex-Partner to Do Mediation

As much as we want to make relationships work, there are times when it is difficult for those involved to resolve issues on their own. When it comes to parenting and property matters post-separation, unfortunately, emotions can override common sense. The consequences of which can be extraordinarily expensive and lengthy. The bottom line is that… Read More »How to Convince Your Ex-Partner to Do Mediation

What’s the Difference Between a De Facto Relationship and Marriage?

Australian society has undergone significant change in many ways in recent decades. Not only do we look a lot more diverse than we once did, but our definition of what constitutes a family is also very different to what we once understood by that term. That change includes the rise of de facto relationships in… Read More »What’s the Difference Between a De Facto Relationship and Marriage?

Is Family Law Mediation Compulsory?

Under Australia’s Family Law Act 1975, separated families must first undertake family dispute mediation before approaching the court for orders about parenting. This requirement both helps the Family Court manage its workload and provides a more affordable, more accessible way for parties to a dispute about how their children will be raised come to an… Read More »Is Family Law Mediation Compulsory?

What Happens to a Business After or During Divorce?

When a couple separates or divorces, it is usually always required to distribute their assets between them. There is one legal concept that applies to all types of assets, regardless of their value: what is “fair and equitable” under the circumstances. When it comes to protecting more complicated assets, like a business, after a divorce,… Read More »What Happens to a Business After or During Divorce?

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 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 of… 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 family law disputes. According to reports,… 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… 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 settlement 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 settlement 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

What if My Ex Dies Before Our Property Settlement is Finalised

When a couple separates or divorces, it's usual for legal and financial professionals to advise both parties to finalise their property settlement as quickly as possible. There are compelling reasons for this. One of these is to tie things up from a financial perspective in the event that something, like death, happens to one ofRead More »What if My Ex Dies Before Our Property Settlement is Finalised

How Do I Change a Consent Order?

Can I Change Consent Orders? This is a common question asked by many people. But before we answer the question, let’s give some context. How do Consent Orders work? When two individuals separate, they typically want to come to an agreement on how their financial assets will be divided and how their children will be… Read More »How Do I Change a Consent Order?

What are Family Reports in Family Law Matters?

What is a Family Report? The court may direct a family consultant to submit a family report on subjects the court deems relevant under Section 62G(2) of the Family Law Act (1975). But what exactly does this imply? A Family Report is a document written by a court-appointed psychologist or social worker (typically one of… Read More »What are Family Reports in Family Law Matters?

What Happens if Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers? 2022 Update

What Happens if Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers? Divorce is a relatively simple procedure in Australia. However, there are situations when one partner refuses to sign the divorce documents. If you’re planning to start the divorce process but are worried that your ex-partner will object, you should speak with a divorce lawyer. At Mediations… Read More »What Happens if Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers? 2022 Update

What is Child Custody Mediation. 2022 Update

What is Child Custody Mediation Many people have questions about the mediation process. It is a compulsory step when there are parenting matters in dispute, hence the question, what is child custody mediation? Separation and divorce are difficult for everyone involved: you, your ex-partner, your children, and your extended family. When emotions are high and… Read More »What is Child Custody Mediation. 2022 Update

The Difference Between a Divorce Lawyer and a Mediator

With the heightened emotions (and sometimes anger) that accompany the end of a marriage or de facto partnership, many people believe that hiring a lawyer to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and to fight for them is the only way to go proceed through the maze of family law. Nothing could be further from… Read More »The Difference Between a Divorce Lawyer and a Mediator

Trial Separation. Everything You Need to Know

Trial Separation A trial separation is not the same as a real separation or divorce, but it can be just as unpleasant and frightening for the spouse who does not want to separate. Living apart but preserving your marriage status allows you and your partner to honestly assess your concerns and issues without completely pulling… Read More »Trial Separation. Everything You Need to Know

Family Court Process. 2022 Update

The Family Court Process A court application can be brought in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia if the parties cannot reach an amicable agreement through a parenting plan, consent orders, and/or a financial agreement. A variety of rules control the family court process. When the parties have exhausted all efforts, through their… Read More »Family Court Process. 2022 Update

Pre-Separation Checklist

Important Things to Consider Before Separation Separation, in the worst-case scenario, involves a person leaving the marital or de facto home in haste and not returning. Conversely, the best-case scenario is when someone leaves after exploring all the options, both in regard to reconciling the relationship and of course, in the event that it’s unlikely,… Read More »Pre-Separation Checklist

Divorce & Splitting Assets. 2022 Guide

When people consider divorce, soon after they think of splitting assets. While the term, “divorce splitting assets” is a term often searched in Google, you of course don’t need to be divorced before splitting assets. In fact, it’s recommended that you do it soon after separation. In this article, we’ll let you know everything about… Read More »Divorce & Splitting Assets. 2022 Guide

Divorce Property Settlement – Your Best Options in 2022

Separation from a relationship can be a traumatic and stressful experience. When a relationship ends, it’s never easy, and it’s common for people to feel adrift and unsure of what to do next. At the forefront of their mind, is often a divorce property settlement. Aside from the emotional toll, there are also financial and… Read More »Divorce Property Settlement – Your Best Options in 2022

The Best Apps for Separated Parents in Australia

If parenting can be hard, parenting after a separation can be exponentially harder. To do it well, take advantage of all the help you can get. One form of help available to you is a co-parenting app. These apps let you: Create your ideal changeover calendar, check it easily and make adjustments as necessary.  Store… Read More »The Best Apps for Separated Parents in Australia

How to Get Divorce Papers. The 2022 Guide

By far, The best way to get divorce papers is to apply for a divorce online. In this 2022 guide, we will let you know the best way to get divorce papers. You can also talk to one of our lawyers at Mediations Australia. To begin, you must have been legally separated from your spouse… Read More »How to Get Divorce Papers. The 2022 Guide

Fathers Rights in Family Law. 2022 Update

When it comes to ‘father’s rights’ in parenting matters, it’s vital to remember that under the Family Law Act 1975, there are no men’s rights vs. women’s rights. In fact, the child’s rights are the only ones that the Court is legally required to consider. A child has a right to be cared for by… Read More »Fathers Rights in Family Law. 2022 Update

What if My Ex Dies Before Our Property Settlement is Finalised

When a couple separates or divorces, it's usual for legal and financial professionals to advise both parties to finalise their property settlement as quickly as possible. There are compelling reasons for this. One of these is to tie things up from a financial perspective in the event that something, like death, happens to one ofRead More »What if My Ex Dies Before Our Property Settlement is Finalised

Grandparent’s Rights. How To See Your Grandchildren. 2022 Update

Grandparents’ rights are frequently impacted by relationship failures, and this is sometimes overlooked when discussing divorce and separation. Grandparents play a fundamentally important role in children’s lives and all needs to be done to ensure that the connection between children and their grandparents continues despite the separation of the parents. But importantly, when considering grandparent’s… Read More »Grandparent’s Rights. How To See Your Grandchildren. 2022 Update

What are the Mother’s Rights in Family Law

Historically, when considering a mother’s or father’s rights when it comes to custody of the children, mothers were granted custody in the far majority of cases. Legislation enacted in 2006 was the foundation for this weighted decision-making by family courts. However, now, mothers’ rights are not recognised by Australian family law. Fathers’ rights are also… Read More »What are the Mother’s Rights in Family Law

What You Need to Know About Parenting Coordination. 2022 Update

While co-parenting is not a new thing, there has been a shift toward parents hiring a Parenting Coordinator to help them navigate and, hopefully, resolve issues that may emerge in regard to parenting plans. The use of a Parenting Coordinator has been increasingly popular in recent years, with the purpose of reducing friction between parents… Read More »What You Need to Know About Parenting Coordination. 2022 Update

Why You Have to Update Your Will After Separation

Separation from a partner or spouse can be a very stressful time for everyone involved. A plethora of issues must be considered, ranging from property settlement to child support and all in between. One aspect of this process that should never be overlooked is the evaluation and update of your estate plan. It is possible… Read More »Why You Have to Update Your Will After Separation

Pets and Family Law. Who Gets the Pets After Separation?

Parenting arrangements and/or property settlements are at the forefront of most couples’ minds when they separate or divorce. But what happens to the family dog, cat, or other pets that were once a member of the household? Pet ownership has increased significantly in Australia throughout the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 69… Read More »Pets and Family Law. Who Gets the Pets After Separation?

What You Need to Know About Parenting Plans

When a couple with a child or children divorces or ends their de facto relationship, challenges can develop as a result of the dissolution of the marriage or de facto relationship, with the most likely issue being what will happen to the children. Obviously, in family law disputes, it’s the most important consideration. Among the… Read More »What You Need to Know About Parenting Plans

What is the Role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

In complex parenting cases, a judge may order the appointment of an independent children’s lawyer (ICL). Parties may also request the appointment of an ICL if they can demonstrate to the court that it is essential. An independent children’s lawyer, according to the Family Law Act of 1975, is a legal practitioner with specific training… Read More »What is the Role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

What is a DVO? How to Apply for a Domestic Violence Order

What is the definition of a DVO (domestic violence order)? Domestic violence has been recognised as a serious public health concern in Australia during the last decade, with 17 percent of women and 6% of males having experienced physical or sexual assault from a current or former partner since they were 15 years old. Domestic… Read More »What is a DVO? How to Apply for a Domestic Violence Order

Can You Record Your Ex Without Permission

Unless you’re protecting yourself or your property, it’s illegal to record someone without their agreement under state law. If you are convicted of filming someone without their consent, you might face up to five years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime. There is no problem of illegality if you have your spouse’s… Read More »Can You Record Your Ex Without Permission

De Facto Relationships and Prenups. What You Have to Know

Prenuptial agreements, also known as ‘Binding Financial Agreements‘ in Australia, are a delicate and frequently misunderstood topic. Some people mistakenly believe that these types of Financial Agreements indicate that a relationship is in trouble, although this is rarely the case. People get life insurance not because they anticipate dying soon, but because they want to… Read More »De Facto Relationships and Prenups. What You Have to Know

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?

In Australia, how long does it take to get a divorce granted? Many people considering divorce or separation often ponder this very subject, whether it is because they wish to move on with their lives or for any other reason. Among the objectives of this article are to offer a general understanding of the subject… Read More »How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?

Family Law Separation Agreements. The 2022 Guide

A separation agreement is a legally enforceable instrument that formalizes the distribution of your assets upon your divorce. Considering that a separation agreement is legally enforceable, each party to such an agreement must carefully analyze their choices and choose whether or not signing a separation agreement is in their best interests before proceeding. What are… Read More »Family Law Separation Agreements. The 2022 Guide

Understanding Intervention Orders: Everything You Need to Know

Domestic and family violence is a terrible fact of Australian life, affecting many thousands of people every year. The type of harmful behaviour that can be encompassed by this sort of violence includes physical intimidation of one person by another, including hitting or pushing them, as well as sexual, emotional, psychological and even financial abuse.… Read More »Understanding Intervention Orders: Everything You Need to Know

Surrogacy Laws in Australia: The 2022 Legal Guide

What Exactly Is Surrogacy? A “surrogate” is a person who acts on behalf of another person in order to achieve a desired result; in other words, a “surrogate” is just a substitute. To put it another way, ‘surrogate parenting’ refers to one person, the surrogate, carrying a pregnancy on behalf of another person, often someone… Read More »Surrogacy Laws in Australia: The 2022 Legal Guide

Getting Divorced or Separated. The 2022 Guide

Separating or ending a marriage or de facto relationship can be an incredibly difficult period for all concerned. Though for some, it can be quite the contrary. Wherever you are on the journey, you need to know some legal basics. At Mediations Australia, we’re early-resolution focussed. We believe that family law matters should, unless absolutely… Read More »Getting Divorced or Separated. The 2022 Guide

The 2022 Guide for Preparing for Mediation

Mediation should be a collaborative process in which you and the other parties involved work together to address the issues and come to an agreement that you and your former partner can live with. Like every successful negotiation, there is give and take. If you’re not willing to give a little, your path to a… Read More »The 2022 Guide for Preparing for Mediation

When should I think about Parenting Mediation or Custody Mediation?

When parents cannot agree on issues that affect a child’s near and long term future, parental mediation is advised. These might include disagreements between you and your former partner like: Who the child should live with time spent with each parent where the child lives what childcare or school the child attends and their educational… Read More »When should I think about Parenting Mediation or Custody Mediation?

Binding Financial Agreements

What is a Binding Financial Agreement? A binding financial agreement is a term used in Australia to refer to a legally binding financial arrangement. Pre-nuptial agreements, also known as binding financial agreements (BFAs), are a contract or series of documents that control your property interests in the event of divorce or dissolution of a de… Read More »Binding Financial Agreements

What is a Restraining Order? Everything You Need to Know

Domestic violence is a growing problem in Australia, with one in three women experiencing physical violence in a relationship and about one in 16 men also suffering violence from their partner in a relationship. High profile cases such as the murder of Brisbane mother Hannah Clarke and her three children by her ex-partner in 2020… Read More »What is a Restraining Order? Everything You Need to Know

What is a DVO? Everything You Need to Know

Domestic violence affects men, women, children, and wider family members in a terribly damaging way. Around one in three women experience physical violence in a relationship after the age of 15. On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. About one in 16 men also experience violence from their… Read More »What is a DVO? Everything You Need to Know

How are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters

In the sad event that 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 of… Read More »How are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters

Consent Orders

If both parties are able to reach an agreement on how to divide their assets and/or on the care, welfare, and development of their children, the Family Court can issue orders based on their mutual agreement, which is known as consent, in order to resolve their differences. Neither of you will have to attend in… Read More »Consent Orders

What am I Entitled to in a Divorce or Separation in Australia?

Despite the fact that the notion of sharing things 50/50 has been ingrained in most of us since childhood, it is not necessarily the most equal approach, particularly in the context of family law. Numerous separating or divorcing couples make the mistake of assuming that all that is required of them is to keep everything… Read More »What am I Entitled to in a Divorce or Separation in Australia?

Divorce Application

Obtaining a Divorce Application If you have separated or are contemplating separation, the process of divorce will be front of mind. There are of course other much more significant things that occur following separation than the divorce process. Yes, it’s of course important, but ensure you’re well aware of all other things that need to… Read More »Divorce Application

De Facto Relationships

In Australia, de facto relationships are very common and are becoming more so. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released fresh data on marriage and divorce rates, the average age at which people marry, and changes in the nature of relationships that lead to marriage in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, compared… Read More »De Facto Relationships

How Property Settlements Work

Making a property settlement without the help of a court is possible. In order to complete a property settlement without the help of the court system, there are a variety of tools accessible to you. You should, however, obtain legal advice from our team of Family Lawyers and Mediators at Mediations Australia to assist you… Read More »How Property Settlements Work

What am I entitled to in a Separation?

What am I entitled to in a separation? The most important questions you need to answer when you are separating from your partner are; what am I entitled to in a separation; how the assets will divide; what is the percentage of division? In Australia when a couple separates, there can be a misunderstanding of… Read More »What am I entitled to in a Separation?

The Cost of Divorce in Australia

Listen to this article instead The Cost of Divorce in Australia doesn’t have to be as high as you may think. It’s likely that you have heard of the horror stories of family lawyers who have charged so much that there wasn’t much left after they took out their fees. While those stories are sometimes… Read More »The Cost of Divorce in Australia

What’s the Difference Between a De Facto Relationship and Marriage?

Australian society has undergone significant change in many ways in recent decades. Not only do we look a lot more diverse than we once did, but our definition of what constitutes a family is also very different to what we once understood by that term. That change includes the rise of de facto relationships in… Read More »What’s the Difference Between a De Facto Relationship and Marriage?

Is Family Law Mediation Compulsory?

Under Australia’s Family Law Act 1975, separated families must first undertake family dispute mediation before approaching the court for orders about parenting. This requirement both helps the Family Court manage its workload and provides a more affordable, more accessible way for parties to a dispute about how their children will be raised come to an… Read More »Is Family Law Mediation Compulsory?

What Happens to a Business After or During Divorce?

When a couple separates or divorces, it is usually always required to distribute their assets between them. There is one legal concept that applies to all types of assets, regardless of their value: what is “fair and equitable” under the circumstances. When it comes to protecting more complicated assets, like a business, after a divorce,… Read More »What Happens to a Business After or During Divorce?

How Are Contributions Assessed in Family Law Matters?

In the sad event that 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 of… 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?

How Do I Change a Consent Order?

Can I Change Consent Orders? This is a common question asked by many people. But before we answer the question, let’s give some context. How do Consent Orders work? When two individuals separate, they typically want to come to an agreement on how their financial assets will be divided and how their children will be… Read More »How Do I Change a Consent Order?

What is Child Custody Mediation. 2022 Update

What is Child Custody Mediation Many people have questions about the mediation process. It is a compulsory step when there are parenting matters in dispute, hence the question, what is child custody mediation? Separation and divorce are difficult for everyone involved: you, your ex-partner, your children, and your extended family. When emotions are high and… Read More »What is Child Custody Mediation. 2022 Update

The Difference Between a Divorce Lawyer and a Mediator

With the heightened emotions (and sometimes anger) that accompany the end of a marriage or de facto partnership, many people believe that hiring a lawyer to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and to fight for them is the only way to go proceed through the maze of family law. Nothing could be further from… Read More »The Difference Between a Divorce Lawyer and a Mediator

Trial Separation. Everything You Need to Know

Trial Separation A trial separation is not the same as a real separation or divorce, but it can be just as unpleasant and frightening for the spouse who does not want to separate. Living apart but preserving your marriage status allows you and your partner to honestly assess your concerns and issues without completely pulling… Read More »Trial Separation. Everything You Need to Know

Family Court Process. 2022 Update

The Family Court Process A court application can be brought in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia if the parties cannot reach an amicable agreement through a parenting plan, consent orders, and/or a financial agreement. A variety of rules control the family court process. When the parties have exhausted all efforts, through their… Read More »Family Court Process. 2022 Update

Divorce Property Settlement – Your Best Options in 2022

Separation from a relationship can be a traumatic and stressful experience. When a relationship ends, it’s never easy, and it’s common for people to feel adrift and unsure of what to do next. At the forefront of their mind, is often a divorce property settlement. Aside from the emotional toll, there are also financial and… Read More »Divorce Property Settlement – Your Best Options in 2022

What is a DVO? Everything You Need to Know

Domestic violence affects men, women, children, and wider family members in a terribly damaging way. Around one in three women experience physical violence in a relationship after the age of 15. On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. About one in 16 men also experience violence from their… Read More »What is a DVO? Everything You Need to Know

What am I Entitled to in a Divorce or Separation in Australia?

Despite the fact that the notion of sharing things 50/50 has been ingrained in most of us since childhood, it is not necessarily the most equal approach, particularly in the context of family law. Numerous separating or divorcing couples make the mistake of assuming that all that is required of them is to keep everything… Read More »What am I Entitled to in a Divorce or Separation in Australia?

Can My Ex Wife Claim Money after Divorce in Australia

If the relationship between you and your former partner has ended, you’re able to file an Application in the Family Law Courts to seek an Order outlining how the assets acquired during your relationship should be divided between you both. In most cases, the parties to the relationship will seek to negotiate a mutually agreed… Read More »Can My Ex Wife Claim Money after Divorce in Australia

De Facto Relationships

In Australia, de facto relationships are very common and are becoming more so. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released fresh data on marriage and divorce rates, the average age at which people marry, and changes in the nature of relationships that lead to marriage in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, compared… Read More »De Facto Relationships

How Property Settlements Work

Making a property settlement without the help of a court is possible. In order to complete a property settlement without the help of the court system, there are a variety of tools accessible to you. You should, however, obtain legal advice from our team of Family Lawyers and Mediators at Mediations Australia to assist you… Read More »How Property Settlements Work

The Cost of Divorce in Australia

Listen to this article instead The Cost of Divorce in Australia doesn’t have to be as high as you may think. It’s likely that you have heard of the horror stories of family lawyers who have charged so much that there wasn’t much left after they took out their fees. While those stories are sometimes… Read More »The Cost of Divorce in Australia

What is a Section 60I Certificate & Why Do I Need One?

Listen to this article instead: Mediation in recent years has been a mandatory step to resolving family law disputes. It is required under the relevant legislation, in this case, the Family Law Act 1975 that separating couples need to show the court that they have made a genuine attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation… Read More »What is a Section 60I Certificate & Why Do I Need One?

How to Convince Your Ex-Partner to Do Mediation

As much as we want to make relationships work, there are times when it is difficult for those involved to resolve issues on their own. When it comes to parenting and property matters post-separation, unfortunately, emotions can override common sense. The consequences of which can be extraordinarily expensive and lengthy. The bottom line is that… Read More »How to Convince Your Ex-Partner to Do Mediation

What Happens to a Business After or During Divorce?

When a couple separates or divorces, it is usually always required to distribute their assets between them. There is one legal concept that applies to all types of assets, regardless of their value: what is “fair and equitable” under the circumstances. When it comes to protecting more complicated assets, like a business, after a divorce,… Read More »What Happens to a Business After or During Divorce?

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… 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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