Everything You Need To Know About Divorce Mediation
The thought of battling a family dispute in the courts is enough to overwhelm anyone, but fortunately, it’s not the only way to settle family law matters. At Collective Family Law Group, our team are expert negotiators, and we strive to get the best results from mediation for you and your family. We believe in exhausting every mediation and negotiation option before turning to litigation because we want to keep your matter simple, inexpensive, and stress-free. That’s why we offer services for divorce mediation on the Gold Coast to help you and your ex come to a mutually satisfying arrangement for property settlement and child custody.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
In Australia, you don’t need to solve family law disputes in the courts. Instead, you can go through a more straightforward, more affordable process called mediation. Mediation is far more private than litigation, and it allows both parties to discuss their dispute without prejudice and come to an agreement or settlement.
It’s voluntary. You can do mediation before or after your proceedings have been filed. To undergo successful mediation, both parties need to be willing to enter meaningful negotiations.
Mediation has a high success rate. More than 85% of cases that go to mediation are settled during the process, so you’re likely to come to an agreement.
You need to attempt mediation before applying for parenting orders. Unless there are extenuating circumstances such as family violence or an inability to participate effectively, you’ll need to try mediation and Family Dispute Resolution before applying for parenting orders.
Is Divorce Mediation Right For You?
Mediation has a lot of benefits over litigation that are hard to ignore. Collective Family Law Group’s separation lawyers in Brisbane urge clients to try mediation before taking their matter to court.
Mediation is faster. If you take your matter to court, you could be waiting months or years to have your case heard by a family court judge. Through mediation with Collective Family Law Group, your matter can be wrapped up in a fraction of the time so you can carry on with your life.
It saves you money. Years and years worth of court fees and lawyers fees will very quickly add up into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, some people go bankrupt trying to fight their matter in the family court. Mediation is far more cost-effective and, in most cases, will achieve results far more quickly than litigation. If you’d like to cut the costs of legal fees even further, you can use Collective Family Law Group’s Resolve Online program. We’ll guide you through the mediation process using workbooks, videos, and information sheets to help you come to a cost-effective solution.
It preserves relationships. If you have children, you’ll need to remain on somewhat neutral terms with your ex, and a court battle will only inflame hostility and aggression. Mediation requires collaboration and respect to come to a mutual agreement, so it’s more likely to foster a positive relationship to carry on into the future.
It gives you some control. Mediation allows you and your ex to come into discussions on a level playing field. You can negotiate terms in a safe environment and resolve any disputes or conflict you may have, coming to a mutually satisfying agreement.
What Should You Do If Mediation Doesn’t Work?
While mediation has high success rates, there are circumstances in which two parties can’t come to an agreement. Your separation lawyers in Brisbane can explain your options and help you through the next steps.
Restart the mediation process. Suppose your divorce mediation on the Gold Coast was unsuccessful due to heightened emotions, unrealistic expectations, a lack of preparation, or an inexperienced mediator. In that case, you can always organise another mediation session for the future. Sit down with your lawyer and come back with a new strategy.
Choose a new mediator. An inexperienced or ineffective mediator isn’t going to be of much help when either party needs to be redirected back to the issue at hand. Fortunately, some of the Collective Family Law Group legal team are qualified, experienced mediators, so we can help you resolve your issue efficiently.
Negotiate privately. Negotiations are slightly different to mediation. Instead of sitting down with a mediator, your legal representative does the negotiating on your behalf. The Collective Family Law Group are expert negotiators, so we can make sure we get the best result for you and your family.
Consider going to court. At Collective Family Law Group, we treat litigation as a last resort. We understand that the mediation process is far more affordable and less stressful than taking matters to court, so we do everything we can to make sure mediation runs smoothly.
Collective Family Law Group Can Help With Divorce Mediation On The Gold Coast
At Collective Family Law Group, our practice focuses exclusively on family law matters. We’re industry experts in all matters of family law, including but not limited to matters of separation, property settlement, domestic violence, financial agreements, divorce, and child support. We strive to provide quality legal services with a resolution-focused approach to our clients’ needs, and our team offer practical legal advice and solutions in a professional, approachable manner. If you need divorce mediation on the Gold Coast, contact Collective Family Law Group today.
We are committed to the efficient and prompt resolution of family law matters, in the most cost effective manner possible.
Call us today to make an appointment for your free consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers.
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