Court & Mediation

Court & Mediation in Family Law

Most couples who are separating or divorcing will take part in a form of mediation be it together as a couple or in a formal setting with a mediator or as negotiations between their family lawyers. The majority of family law matters (over 90%) resolve without needing to go to Court. There are several options available to help you to resolve your matter without needing a Judge to make a decision for you.

Reaching your own agreement with your former partner or negotiated with the help of a family lawyer is preferred to an outcome imposed by a Court.

It is important when going through this sensitive and emotional time that you have the right legal advice from a professional family lawyer. The more experienced and prepared your lawyer is the better the outcome will be for you in your divorce or separation.

Our family court lawyers can assist mediation or court proceedings in family law matters including:

  • Intervention orders and family violence
  • Custody Arrangements
  • Property Settlement
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Child Support
  • Divorce Applications
  • Court Orders – Applications & Breaches

Mediation in Family Matters

Reaching agreement can be difficult and even harder if you are not sure of what you are entitled to or should be looking out for. Obtaining legal advice about your situation can help you negotiate in mediation as it helps you to establish a framework of how to proceed.

Mediation is an opportunity to try to come to an agreement. It is a way of resolving your dispute before costs get larger and emotions run higher.

Attending Mediation

Mediation can be Court ordered or attended prior to going to Court. The point of going to mediation is to try to come to an agreement with your former partner.
To get the most out of mediation it is important to be prepared and have a clear outline of what you desire. The outcome may be different, but you should have a clear plan.
Mediation is usually a process attended by you and your family lawyer and barrister. Your former partner will most likely have the same level of representation. A mediator, that has usually been pre-agreed between you, is there to hear from both sides and help facilitate an agreement between you.
It is easy to think you are getting a good deal and then later reflect and see that you have missed or overlooked a crucial element and it may cost you dearly financially or with time with your children.

Court

Preparing for Court

Before you reach the family court you will need a well prepared and organised case. This will involve the production of many documents such as:

  • Affidavits
  • Notice of Risk
  • Application
  • Financial Statement
  • Financial records

Both parties will need to prepare their own documents. This is seen as the story for the Judge and is your change to say what is relevant.

This part of the process also relies on seeking expert opinions and often times a barrister will be engaged as part of your legal team.

Careful preparation and professional presentation of your case will ensure that you have the best chance possible.

This can be the same for child custody issues for mothers, fathers, grandparents or other family members or significant others. It can also be on property related matters or Intervention orders as well.

Going to Court

You will have both your family lawyer and barrister with you at Court. We take great care to ensure that the legal representation is the best you can have on your day in court. We also take care so that you are as comfortable as possible with the process and understand the process.

Settling Complex Family Law matters

Family law matters can be complex for a host of reasons and they can take much longer to reach a resolution.

For those in business or with more complex assets structures you may need more expert help to reach a property settlement.

With contested custody cases it may be that the last decisions is the courts.

Whatever the situation we work hard to ensure that these cases are carefully considered and organised. This is a key component to a successful strategy and obtaining a satisfactory outcome.
Being thorough is key to making our clients matters settle faster.

Our family law firm also has extensive commercial and property experience as part of our knowledge base and this can be helpful where there are complex property pools and family businesses involved.

How we help…

Getting the right advice is key to getting the best outcome and making the process smooth for you. Our family lawyers are skilled in all aspects of negotiation and will work with you to devise a strategy to suit you. Our legal team are experienced and helpful in family law and we take real care to ensure you have the best legal representation possible.

Our firm is based in the Melbourne CBD or can meet at any of our suburban offices.

Call us to speak to a family lawyer today and get advice that is right for your circumstances.

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Melbourne Vic 3000

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Chadstone Vic 3148

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Dandenong Vic 3175

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Sunshine Vic 3020

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