Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution in Sydney

At Dimocks Family Lawyers we are committed to offering a non-confrontational approach to relationship breakdown. Our experience and expertise in family law gives our clients confidence that they are dealing with people who can help them develop a strategy for achieving their goals.

What is Mediation?

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Mediation is a process that can be used by people to negotiate an agreement to resolve a dispute. It can be voluntary or court-ordered. The process is facilitated by an independent third party known as a mediator.

Mediators can help people who are in conflict to discuss the issues, understand each other’s point of view and explore possible options for resolving the problem.

Mediation is a cost-effective tool for parties to try and reach an agreement without the need to resort to litigation.

What is Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)?

Family Dispute Resolution is a special type of mediation that is conducted by a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (“FDRP”). An FDRP will help people affected by separation to discuss and sort out their family disputes in relation to parenting and/or property matters.

Before you can commence proceedings in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia for parenting matters it is compulsory (unless you fit within one of the exceptions) to participate in Family Dispute Resolution.

In the event that you are unable to reach an agreement you will be issued with a section 60I Certificate which then enables you to commence Court proceedings.

What are the benefits of Mediation/FDR?

  • it is more cost effective compared to litigation;
  • it is a quicker and less stressful process;
  • it provides you the opportunity to maintain your relationship with the other party;
  • it will allow you to agree on solutions that suit both parties;
  • it is confidential;
  • it is child-focused.

How can Dimocks Family Lawyers help?

At Dimocks Family Lawyers, Antonia Fontana is a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) and an accredited FDRP. She can conduct mediation in family law parenting and property matters, as well as other areas of law. Antonia is also able to issue certificates under Section 60I Family Law Act 1975.

Antonia is a very experienced family lawyer, who understands the emotional and financial stress that can arise from a family breakdown. Antonia is dedicated to assisting parties in resolving their disputes as quickly and as amicably as possible.

Should you wish to engage Antonia as a mediator please contact Dimocks Family Lawyers on (02) 9221 8390.

What you need to know about Family Mediation

What is Mediation? Mediation is a type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that employs an impartial third party, referred to as a mediator, to facilitate the resolution of conflicts among disputing parties. It can be undertaken voluntarily, or mandated by a court. A mediator assists people who are in dispute to reach an agreement. What ... Read more

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