Article Category - Family Law By Lauren Ryan 27 August 2020

Family Dispute Resolution is a buzzword around the family law jurisdiction and rightly so, but what is family dispute resolution?

Family Dispute Resolution, or mediation, is a process for those in conflict to communicate with each other about complex issues such as arrangements for children; finances; and property matters. It supports the communication process with a neutral third party providing structure and support.  

Why should separated couples participate in family dispute resolution?

Whilst family dispute resolution is a compulsory process for those parents who are in conflict about parenting arrangements, there are far better reasons to participate in family dispute resolution, including:

  • It is a quicker and more affordable way of reaching a resolution than through contested Court proceedings. There are well publicised delays with the family courts and it can take up to three years to reach a conclusion with each matter.
  • It enhances your relationship with your former partner by promoting healthy communication and respect, rather than getting caught in the stress and vitriol of Court proceedings.
  • It also allows you to have ownership and control over any decision reached and in turn you and your former partner are more likely to be content with the resolution reached.

How do you participate in family dispute resolution?

There are many great family dispute practitioners in our area, give us a call and we can direct you to the right place. From there, we will talk through and work with you to get a resolution.

If you are considering separation or have separated, you should seek legal advice. We can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities, your options to resolve any disputes, and explain how the law applies to your case.

We're here to help you and your family on 1800 650 656.

Lauren Ryan | Family Law Solicitor

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