Mediation & Family dispute resolution lawyer
We understand how stressful legal disputes can be. That’s why, at Ryan & Seton Lawyers, we offer mediation and family dispute resolution (FDR) services. Mediation can assist parties avoid the costs, stress and time associated with going to Court.
Family Dispute Resolution
FDR is a special type of mediation designed to help separating families come to their own agreements.
During FDR, a neutral and accredited FDR practitioner guides parties through a discussion on the issues in dispute and different options for consideration, while also encouraging parties to focus on the needs of their children.
The main objective of FDR is to assist participants in reaching agreement with respect to future parenting arrangements for the children and/or how their assets are to be divided. It is a practical and low-cost way for separating families to sort out these important issues with professional help.
Our FDR Services
At Ryan & Seton Lawyers, our nationally accredited family dispute resolution practitioners are experienced in helping families resolve disputes in a constructive and amicable way. As FDR practitioners, we can help you and your family:
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Mediation is an alternate dispute resolution process.
During family mediation, a mediator helps parties discuss and resolve the issues in dispute.
The mediator is a neutral third party who assists parties in reaching their own agreement. Unlike FDR, family mediation is not restricted to separating families.
Mediation can be used to resolve disputes between family members of any age, including parents and their children.
Our Mediation Services
We offer family mediation services to help resolve disputes between family members. Our practitioners are highly skilled in family law and mediation, and can help you reach a resolution that is amicable for all parties involved.
Our family mediation service is a confidential process and can be less expensive and time-consuming than going to Court.
If you would like to discuss family mediation or FDR services, please contact us today.
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FAQs For Mediation & Family Dispute Resolution
Dispute resolution is a broader term that includes family mediation as well as other methods of resolving disputes, such as arbitration and litigation. Dispute resolution usually refers to any process that is used to resolve a dispute outside of the Court system.
Any family member or guardian can attend family mediation, as long as both parties agree. The mediator will typically meet with the family members first, and then decide if it would be beneficial to have other family members or professionals attend.
The mediator’s role is to help the family discuss and resolve all issues. The mediator will not make any decisions for the family, but will help them come to an agreement that works for everyone.
Almost any issue can be discussed in family mediation, including child custody, visitation, support, property division, and debt. However, the mediator cannot give legal advice and will not be able to resolve any legal disputes.
If you wish to commence proceedings in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia – yes. Family dispute resolution is a mandatory pre-action procedure that must be undertaken by parties except in special circumstances (such as urgency and risk). It can also be a far more cost-effective and less contentious option than going to Court.
The length of family mediation will vary depending on the severity of the disputes and the amount of cooperation between the family members. However, most mediations are resolved within a few months.
It’s important to come to family mediation with an open mind and be willing to compromise. You should also be prepared to discuss all issues that need resolution, including those that may be difficult or uncomfortable.