Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution

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We are readily available to assist you in taking the first step with a free, 15 minute, DRCA Discovery Call with our Business Concierge, Stefano Cammarano.  

With our DRCA Discovery Call you are able to: 

Otherwise, if you are ready to book in our services, simply click the “Book Now” button below. 

Let us help you settle your dispute as quickly, cheaply and efficiently as possible.

UNDERSTANDING WHEN YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A DISPUTE

Sometimes you might not even be aware that you are involved in a dispute. 

You may be surrounded by feelings of angst, anxiety and uncertainty. Energies, vibes and communication may be poor and negative. You may be feeling more stressed and unhappy than you usually are.  

Take a step back and view your situation to understand first and foremost that things aren’t going as they have planned and seek the assistance of our team to ensure that you transition through the next stage of your life with clarity, positivity and wellness.  

WHAT DISPUTES ARE SUITABLE FOR MEDIATION

Family Law Disputes (Parenting)

Family Law Disputes (Property)

Family Law Disputes (Pre-Separation)

Family Law Disputes (Divorce)

Family Law Disputes (Child Support)

Commercial Law Disputes

Personal injury law disputes

Wills & Estates Law Disputes

Building & Construction Disputes

Employment Law Disputes

Elder Law Disputes

Military Disputes

LGBTQIA+ Disputes

Surrogacy & Reproductive Disputes

Community & Neighbourhood Disputes

NFP Organisation Disputes

What is Mediation?

Mediation is an informal discussion between two (or more) parties to a dispute with the assistance of a third party, neutral professional known as a Mediator. Mediation can be attended upon by two or more individuals (or entities) to a dispute with or without the assistance of legal professionals such as Lawyers and Barristers.  

There is no obligation for one to have a lawyer present at a Mediation. 

Mediation is one of the longest-standing methods of dispute resolution since Ancient times. Many do not realise that there are many other ways to resolve your dispute outside of Court, Mediation being one of them. 

 Our team is passionate about spreading the word about Mediation not only as it is a cost-effective and time-efficient means of resolving your dispute, but also has the ability to be flexible and tailor-made to your unique circumstances. 

 It is important for you to know that all disputes, whether big or small, are able to be resolved by way of Mediation. 

CAN I PARTAKE IN MORE THAN ONE MEDIATION?

The greatest thing about Mediation is that it is a voluntary process. You are able to engage in one Mediation or several, depending on what you are comfortable with. 

It’s important to ascertain where your comfort lies and how you may want to divide the outstanding issues in dispute. 

Sometimes, and depending on what your dispute involves, it is not reasonable to expect to have all issues resolved in one day. We actively encourage everyone that enquires about our services to seek the additional help of our Collaborative Collective and schedule in a series of Mediations that actively addresses particular issues relevant to your dispute. 

STEP 1

Say Hello!

The first step is to get in touch with us. If you are unsure about taking the first step, we are pleased to offer you with a free 15 minute DRCA Discovery Call with our Business Concierge

STEP 2

ASSESSMENT + INTAkE

The next step is for our team to assess your dispute's suitability for Mediation, in relation to your dispute's unique circumstances. Once your dispute is assessed as appropriate, we will organise the next steps for your intake process which includes: scheduling in your Mediation for the date agreed between the parties, organising payments and remittances, collating documents for the Mediator, organising the Intake Call/s between Mediator and the parties, sending you a Mediation & Confidentiality Agreement and setting up weblink, breakout rooms or room hire.

STEP 3

THE DAY OF MEDIATION

Now you are at the final step, the big day, Mediation! The Mediation will usually commence with the Mediator providing a brief summary of how the day is to proceed and what has led the parties to be there on the day. The Mediator usually sets out some general rules of the day to ensure that the discussion runs fairly, smoothly and respectfully. Mediators do not provide advice, but assist in guiding the process to reach a resolution that is in the best interests of the parties involved. Make sure that you are prepared to enter into the space with an open mind as big results are able to be achieved on the day.

WHAT IS A FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTITIONER (FDRP)?

A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) assist parties to a legal dispute reach agreement with respect to their children and property. Essentially, a FDRP is a Mediator for Family Law Disputes. 

There is a mandatory requirement pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) which requires parties to mediate their parenting matter prior to being able to commence Court proceedings for parenting orders. A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner will facilitate communication between parties, assist them to problem solve as well as negotiate their dispute. It is not the role of the FDRP to offer legal advice. 

S60I CERTIFICATES - WHAT ARE THEY?

If parties are unable to come to an agreement, a FDRP can provide to both parties a Section 60i Certificate.  

The object of Section 60i of the Family Law Act is to:  

Ensure that all persons who have a dispute about matters that may be dealt with by an order under this Part (a Part VII order) make a genuine effort to resolve that dispute by family dispute resolution before the Part VII order is applied for“.  

Put simply, this means that prior to applying to the Court for parenting orders, parties must attend upon Family Dispute Resolution. Only FDRPs can issue s60i certificates upon the relevant criteria being met. If a s60i certificate is issued, parties are able to commence proceedings in the Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia. 

MEET YOUR FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTITIONERS

Cassandra Kalpaxis

Mediator, Arbitrator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Kate Walker

Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MEDIATOR

With a wide range of options available in our Faculty, you might not be sure who is the best fit for you. We are here to let you know that no matter what it is you are looking for, we are able to source the right Mediator for you. 

HOW WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY

We are proud to say that we do Mediation differently because we have the ability (assisted by the unique expertise of our team) to hand-craft your Mediation process suited to your needs and circumstances. 

We are also proud to say that we do Mediation differently in that the majority of our services are conducted via electronic means as we understand that your capability to obtain meaningful services may be impacted by your location and associated access to services. 

Not sure IF MEDIATION IS THE RIGHT PATHWAY FOR YOU?

Take our Dispute Resolution Quiz to find out! 

YOUR FREE MEDIATION MANUAL

You might think that the only legal way to resolve your dispute is in Court. We are passionate about showing you that that’s not the case. Download our free Mediation Manual to learn more about the benefits of Mediation.

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