Additional Mediation Services
What You Need to Know about Solicitor Assisted Mediation
What is solicitor assisted mediation, and when is it necessary? At Bayside Mediation, we focus on providing out-of-court Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services. Our staff members are not practicing lawyers but have extensive knowledge of Family Law in Australia and can offer a private, legal alternative to using a lawyer for family law matters—such as financial/property settlements. With solicitor assisted mediation we still work with both parties, we are still impartial and child focused, we are still focused on helping our clients reach an agreement. Lawyers or solicitors are present to offer support and to resolve any legal questions that arise. Solicitors can only be present if both parties agree and your mediator still manages the session. Solicitor assisted mediation is the next step if you become ‘stuck’ in negotiations, or if there is a legal hurdle we cannot overcome in mediation. Solicitor assisted mediation is another option we offer, before attending court. Our solicitor assisted mediation in Melbourne is designed for these purposes.
The Best Advice You Can Hear Regarding Solicitor Assisted Mediation
While solicitor assisted mediation is a service we offer at Bayside Mediation, it’s important to understand how we view this service in the context of what we do. Here are a few points of advice we typically give to clients considering mediation service where solicitors are involved:
- Try conventional FDR first: With our mediation services, we always aim to create a very productive and non-adversarial environment. By default, situations where lawyers or solicitors are present, are often more combative. For this reason, we often recommend that clients try mediation without solicitors first.
- Know the types of cases that are best served by solicitor assisted mediation: With the previous point made, understand that there are certain cases where solicitors are needed. For instance, in a family violence situation, you may be disqualified from using standard FDR mediation. Solicitors can also be helpful in complex financial or property cases, in situations where much is at stake or in circumstances where conventional mediation has proved unsuccessful.
- Understand what is required for this kind of mediation: Both parties must agree to have their solicitors present for this type of mediation to be an option. If you want your solicitor there, but your partner wants to try conventional FDR, you will likely need to start with regular FDR.
What Sets Bayside Mediation Apart Regarding Solicitor Assisted Mediation in Melbourne
Choosing Bayside Mediation as the place for your solicitor assisted mediation in Melbourne will give you access to our compassionate and helpful services. Here are a few things to expect from us that make us an ideal mediator:
- We work with you from start to finish: We work hard to gain a thorough understanding of the matter at hand so that we can offer practical and objective mediation services. Our commitment to starting at the beginning and seeing cases through to settlement has netted us an impressive 80 percent success rate across all clients and types of disputes.
- We focus on non-adversarial mediation sessions: Our clients praise the atmosphere we cultivate in our mediation sessions, which is constructive and non-adversarial in a way that encourages collaboration and compromise.
- We are cost-effective and fast: Taking matters through family court can take years. Having your solicitors handle disputes by proxy can take months. We strive to settle cases more directly and quicker, saving our clients money, hassle and confrontation along the way.
About Bayside Mediation
We established Bayside Mediation in 2013 to help separating couples find a better way to settle their disputes. Whether the matter involves children or just property and finances, we can help offer private assistance that reduces the toll of the process on all parties. Contact us today to learn more about our solicitor assisted mediation.