Compassionate Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners in Brisbane
If you are in need of family dispute resolution in Brisbane, contact us today. We are experienced and compassionate family dispute resolution lawyers.
When a marriage or de facto relationship or marriage breaks down, it can be emotionally trying for all parties involved. In addition, certain practical issues, such as parenting arrangements, property division, spousal maintenance, and child support must be addressed. Family dispute resolution is the process of trying to reach an agreement on these issues without going to court.
All of these things can take a toll on the members of a family. That’s why it’s best to engage the aid of a family dispute resolution practitioner in Brisbane to reduce the stress to the barest minimum in such a situation. And one way to do that is to ensure that you avoid going to court, thereby using up valuable time, money and other resources.
The best way to do this is to settle the matter amicably and speedily. This is where family dispute resolution services come in.
- Preparation for Family Dispute Resolution
- Discussion between parties
- Negotiation & correspondence
- Other Alternative Dispute Resolution methods
Family Dispute Lawyers Brisbane
Our family dispute lawyers in Brisbane will help you find a way of resolving family conflicts outside of the courtroom. We do this through:
The Family Law Act of 1975 encourages parties to attempt Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) to resolve parenting matters before applying to the court. As such, Brisbane parents who are separating should try working with one of our family dispute lawyers first. However, in extreme or dangerous circumstances such as when domestic violence is involved, this dispute-resolution process should be skipped.
At VM Family Law, we will work with you to find the resolution methods that suit you best. If all parties are able to resolve the issues with our family dispute lawyers in Brisbane, then they won’t need to go through the court at all, and it will save everyone much time and stress.
Mediation is a process that involves having a neutral third party who helps the parties to reach an amicable settlement. The mediator’s job is to assist the parties as they sort through the issues constructively.
The aim is to have them reach a mutually acceptable resolution through constructive discussions and negotiation. It is advised that you have a family dispute resolution lawyer during the mediation process to help you ensure that your interests are protected.
After the parties apply for family dispute resolution, the process of the dispute resolution typically follows this pattern:
- The mediator, who must be a family dispute resolution practitioner, meets with and speaks to the parties individually.
- During the individual sessions, the mediator tells the parties about the entire process and lets them know the steps involved. Here, the parties can air any concerns that they may have regarding the procedure.
- After the individual sessions, the mediator holds a joint session with the parties. Each party can have a family dispute resolution lawyer represent them during this session.
- During the joint session, the parties get to discuss their issues and also come up with solutions that work for them. The mediator is to ensure that the session goes through peacefully and that the issues are addressed adequately.
- Once the issues have been resolved, the mediator can then help them to develop a parenting plan after ensuring that both parties understand the decisions made.
- After this, the parties sign a parenting plan or consent order containing all the agreements reached by them during the dispute resolution process.
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement after the family dispute resolution process, the family dispute resolution practitioner will issue a certificate that allows the parties to make an application to a family law court.
This certificate is called the ‘Section 60I certificate,’ and it can only be issued by an accredited FDR practitioner.
Family Dispute resolution is beneficial for the following reasons:
- It is a cheaper process to undergo than going through the courts.
- It is less time-consuming.
- It allows parties to resolve their issues on their own terms without having any decisions forced on them.
- It helps separating families resolve their differences in an amicable way and helps the parties to maintain a good relationship even after the separation.
- The FDR process looks out for the best interests of all the parties involved, especially the children.