When we find a partner, we always hope it will be for life, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. When you’re separating from your partner, it can be a stressful and traumatic time for both you and your children.
But did you know there is a simpler way than hiring solicitors and going to court?
What is Family Dispute Resolution?
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is family law mediation that involves two (or more) parties coming together with a neutral professional to resolve disputes. It is best used when discussing parenting arrangements and looking for positive outcomes for children rather than utilising the Family Law Courts or solicitors.
Mediation is a formal and legally recognised process, and it allows separating partners to come to their own arrangements about the care of their children.
In Australia, it is compulsory, under the Australian Family Law Act, for separating parents to attempt Family Dispute Resolution before applying for parenting consent orders through the family law court. There are some exemptions, but by having an initial chat with a mediator, like a team at Bayside Mediation, you can find out if Family Dispute Resolution is your initial step or if you need to utilise solicitors.
Why Family Dispute Resolution Works
One of the biggest issues that many separating parents find is the cost of using a solicitor. While you may get an initial free session, the costs can quickly add up. The time involved in going to court can be lengthy as well.
With Family Dispute Resolution, it is significantly less of a burden financially, and mediation can be over in a few hours or a few days.
At Bayside Mediation, clients are offered various mediation styles which don’t happen in court.
Face to face is the most effective mediation style and Bayside Mediation has purpose-built mediation rooms to help clients feel safe and supported.
Or another option is shuttle mediation – where both parties are in different rooms.
Clients can also be offered private time so that they can have a one-on-one conversation with the mediator in a completely confidential setting.
One of the best advantages of using a mediation service in Melbourne is that there is no timeframe – you get the time you need to come to an agreement, not the time that the courts or lawyers need.
Separation can be difficult for everyone and going to court can add an extra layer of stress. If you’d like to go from separation to settlement in a straightforward and affordable manner, contact Bayside Mediation and book your first appointment.