Mediation or Family Dispute Resolution, is a process where an independent person (the Mediator or Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner) assists the parties to resolve their Family Law issues.
David Reardon – Mediator
David is an approved Mediator with the Australian Mediation Association. He is also a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Attorney General’s Department and can issue Section 60I Certificates under the Family Law Act 1975. Parties who wish to commence Court proceedings seeking Orders in relation to children will need to obtain a section 60I certificate prior to filing an Application (except in limited circumstances).
David can also mediate complex matters involving parenting and property involving Trusts and businesses. David is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist and having practiced in Family Law for almost 30 years, his practical knowledge and experience assists parties to negotiate their own settlement and move forward with their lives.
The process means the parties can ensure any agreement reached meets their individual family needs and matters can be finalised more quickly than going to court. This can be a very informal process despite the fact that both parties would usually have legal representation. It can also be a more cost effective manner to resolve disputes than litigating the matter through the Courts.
Mediations can occur, face to face, over the telephone, or by “shuttle mediation” (if one party has safety concerns or doesn’t feel comfortable being in the same room as the other). If an agreement is reached it can be documented and finalised, resulting in a swift determination of the matter. Even if the mediation is unsuccessful in finalising your matter, often it can narrow the issues in dispute which can again reduce costs and the time involved in achieving a resolution with your former partner.
When negotiating parenting arrangements for children it is compulsory that parents attend Family Dispute Resolution prior to applying to the Court unless special circumstances apply such as urgency, child abuse or domestic violence. If you are unable to reach agreement a section 60I certificate will be issued (indicating the parties attempted mediation) and the parties will then be able to file an initiating Application in the Family / Federal Circuit Court.
Reardon Family Lawyers can facilitate mediation or represent you at your Family Law Mediation whether it be a complex property settlement or a dispute relating to your children and who they live with and spend time with. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.