During your family law matter, our Gold Coast family lawyers can assist you in finding the most cost effective and least stressful pathway to finalisation of your parenting or property matter. Family mediation and Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) are both popular alternatives to litigation.
As of 2007, the Family Law Act requires parties who are unable to reach an agreement on parenting matters to attempt mediation and/or FDR before the matter can proceed to the court for determination.
During mediation or FDR, the counsellor or mediator assists the parties to communicate in a calm and professional environment. The aim of this process is to identify and work through issues without going to court. Mediators do not take sides with either party or determine the result of the matter. If the parties are able to come to an agreement on the terms of parenting or property settlement, there is no legal requirement that you must formalise the agreement. However, most individuals in this position often elect for the agreement to be formalised by way of a:
These agreements formalise future parenting, living and maintenance arrangements for your children and/or financial and property division.
Our family lawyers will be able to evaluate your matter and advise you on the most appropriate approach to take. For more information on the types of agreements please click here.
If in the alternative, the parties to the matter do not agree and the matter remains unresolved, our family lawyers can assist you in beginning formal proceedings through the court.
At Ramsden Lawyers we can assist by referring you to the leading mediators or FDR practitioners in your area. For more information on mediation and FDR please contact our Gold Coast office today for a free initial consultation with one of our family lawyers.
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