Mediation & Family Dispute Resolution Explained

What does Mediation / Family Dispute Resolution actually involve

Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution are essentially the same process.

The terms Mediation and Dispute Resolution are often used interchangeably.

A Mediator facilitates the process of the parties trying to reach agreement during the Mediation session.

Mediation is a structured negotiation process where an independent person (the Mediator) assists the parties to:

  • Identify issues in dispute;
  • Develop, assess, and explore options;
  • Consider alternatives;
  • Make decisions are future actions and outcomes;
  • Negotiate a resolution to some or all of the issues in dispute.

Mediation is almost always confidential and “off the record”.

This means you cannot refer to what occurred in the mediation process in court.



If you are able to negotiate a settlement without the need to go through the court system, you will save money, time and a lot of emotional stress.

Even if the matter is not completely resolved at mediation, mediation can usually be successful in clarifying and narrowing the issues that are in dispute by resolving some of the issues.

Achieving this will still usually save time and money.

Family Dispute Resolution can take many forms.

Many Family Dispute Resolution providers such as Lifeline (only available at some, but not all, local offices) and Family Relationships Centres offer dispute resolution to separating families.

Lawyers are also able to arrange mediations through a private dispute resolution practitioner.


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