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Welcome to your Dispute Resolution Menu, where you can discover what area of dispute you may be experiencing.

FAMILY DISPUTES (PARENTING)

Have you found yourself separated from your spouse and are unable to agree on a pathway to move forward concerning your children?

Do you want to discuss time between your spouse and the kids, schooling issues, holidays and travel overseas?

Depending on the circumstances of your dispute, which is completely unique, we provide a holistic approach to your Parenting dispute.

Our expert team of Family Dispute Mediators & Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners have the unique skillset to best understand and resolve your dispute whilst keeping the children at the forefront of their minds.

In addition, we host Parenting Coordinators and other holistic professionals such as Counsellors, Health Coaches and Divorce Coaches to help you transition through this period smoothly.

FAMILY DISPUTES (PROPERTY)

Have you found yourself separated from your spouse and are unable to sever your financial ties to each other?

Do you want to discuss sale of property, re-financing the mortgage, superannuation, setting up your new life and moving on?

When going through a Family Dispute that deals with Financial and Property matters, it is encouraged to resolve your dispute as swiftly as possible so that you do not expend fees that would come out of the asset pool.

This is where Mediation and Arbitration can assist. Both pathways provide a tenable, long-term resolution to your dispute in a manner that is cost-effective and time-efficient.

With the assistance of our allied financial professionals such as Forensic Accountants, Real Estate Experts and Valuers, rest assured that your Property dispute will be met with a holistic lens.

FAMILY DISPUTES (PRE-SEPARATION & DIVORCE)

Are you unsure of how you wish to proceed in the next steps of your separation journey? Are you and your current partner experiencing a breakdown in your relationship? 

Perhaps you want to simply discuss the filing of a Divorce Application so that the two of you can move on with the rest of your lives.

We are here to let you know that contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be separated to partake in the Mediation process.

We are one of the few Mediation centres in Australia that provide Pre-Separation Mediation, which provides an opportunity for you and your current partner to discuss certain issues that may be of concern to you.

FAMILY DISPUTES (CHILD SUPPORT)

Are you in a dispute with your partner concerning the payment of child support? 

Is there an amount in arrears? Is there disagreement in relation to a proposed amount or obtaining an assessment?

Child Support can be a tricky area of dispute to navigate.

However, with the assistance and guidance of our Mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners that are experienced in this niche area of dispute, we are able to help you resolve your Child Support dispute without it escalating any further.

EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES

Employment disputes go towards the relationship between yourself and your employees or employer. It’s important to resolve issues in the workplace as for many, this is where you spend most of your day.

Our Employment Law faculty works to protect the rights of employees, employers and applicants. There are regulatory guidelines and frameworks in place to help protect you, but it is often an issue of compliance that enables disputes to arise.

We resolve employment disputes that may encompass any of the following:

Unfair dismissal

Discrimination

Workplace bullying and harassment

Pay and leave disputes

Equal employment opportunity

Contract disputes

COVID-19 related issues

WILLS & ESTATES DISPUTES

Are you involved in a contest about the adequacy of the provisions of a will? 

Claims known as “Family Provision” claims are usually commenced when a person contesting a will notifies the executor that they propose to make a claim on the estate of the will maker. This is done primarily on the basis that the will maker has not made adequate provision for the person contesting the will (“contestor”).

All jurisdictions in Australia require some form of alternate dispute resolution prior to the matter being heard in court.

Family provision proceedings are very expensive and on most occasions the costs of both parties are borne out of the estate of the will maker.

This has an effect on all of the parties including the ‘contestor’ as the value of the estate is reduced to pay for the executor’s costs and the contestor’s costs.

The increased costs means the estate diminishes which in turn effects the contestor’s provision out of the estate. There are no winners except for the lawyers.

Save your money, your dignity and ensure the privacy of any resolution by attending a Mediation with us.

COMMERCIAL DISPUTES

Are you involved in a dispute concerning your business, contract or a property with another party?

Typically you will find yourself in Court arguing about the facts of your case. By now, you probably know, or have heard that, that process is long, costly and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed, anxious and wishing that you could opt out of the process and move on with your life.

We understand your desire for certainty and finality.

In order to provide a service that best meets your concerns, we have designed a unique commercial mediation process that is an efficient and cost effective way to resolve your dispute. Our process empowers the parties to reach a resolution amongst themselves without any court intervention. If the matter has already progressed to court our specialist mediators will provide you with practical, tailor made solutions to end the nightmare you are involved in.

Our mediators are trained to find and to bring to the attention of the parties workable, practical and flexible solutions which the parties can adopt to resolve their dispute.

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES

Are you involved in a disagreement with your Builder, Developer, Building Owner or Supplier?

Disagreements can occur with respect to many issues such as incomplete and defective works, variations to the contract, charges, and even the interpretation of the terms of the agreement. Building and construction disputes have grown enormously since the construction boom in Australia in 2016. Disagreements often emerge between the parties leaving the building works incomplete and in suspense.

Building and Construction disputes are expensive, complicated and take a significant amount of time to determine through the courts or tribunals. During this time, the builder will either have to wait for payment or the home owner will have an incomplete structure.

We understand that undertaking building or renovation work is stressful and is financially draining. When a disagreement occurs the stress and the financial burden can become overwhelming for all of the parties. This more often than not, puts a further strain on the relationship between the parties.

Our Mediators understand that despite how complicated and tricky the scenario, there is always a pathway out of the mess you are in. Let us guide you onto the best path to resolve your disagreement.

PERSONAL INJURY DISPUTES

Have you suffered an injury as a result of the intentional or negligent act of another person or organisation?

Personal injury occurs when we least expect it and usually results in many aspects of the injured person’s life being impacted. This includes, the ability to work, to undertake domestic duties and to enjoy everyday life. It can have a crushing effect on your emotional and physical well being.

If you are involved in personal injury proceedings it is likely that the other party is an insurance company or an entity who has greater financial resources than you.

The last thing you need at this most difficult time is protracted, expensive legal proceedings whilst your ability to work and enjoy your life is compromised. What you don’t need is to be referred from medical specialist to medical specialist for the preparation of repetitive medical reports which can be used against you in court.

Remove the uncertainty and pressure of personal injury litigation by resolving your dispute with one of our specialist Mediators and get on with the rest of your life.

NEIGHBOURHOOD & COMMUNITY DISPUTES

Are you or somebody you know involved in a dispute with a neighbour?

Our home is our sanctuary and it is imperative that we can relax in our homes and enjoy time with our family or partner. A neighbour dispute can be extremely stressful which can result in you feeling unhappy and unsafe in your own home.

Our Mediators can help you reach an amicable resolution with your neighbour to restore peace and tranquillity in your home. All of this without the added burden of lengthy, complex and expensive court proceedings.

We resolve neighbourhood disputes that can encompass any of the following:

Overarching branches or enroaching roots onto your land

Noise from persons or animals

The erection or repair of a dividing fence

Rubbish storage

Privacy issues

Common property areas disputes

Issues with pets

ELDER DISPUTES

When you get old there are a number of issues you may face. You may be incapacitated to make decisions on your own or require extra care from others due to your condition.

We are dedicated to helping elders and their families resolve any disputes including but not limited to:

Elder Abuse

Confidentiality

Discrimination

Enduring Guardianship and Power of Attorney

Aged home/Nursing home care agreements and duty of care

Advanced Medical Care Directives

Personal injury claims

Issues involving family trusts or other beneficiary schemes

Drug, alcohol and substance abuse

MILITARY DISPUTES

Has a dispute arisen within your Defence Association or Workplace?

Has an issue arisen concerning your Defence Housing?

We understand just how complex the rules and regulations around Defence Organisations can be.

Our Expert Defence Faculty is made up of professionals who have first hand experience in the Defence force both in Australia and Internationally.

Our Dispute Resolution Centre offers a one stop shop for former and current defence personnel to access Dispute Resolution for any matters arising with their association, workplace or any other person or group associated with their time in the Australian Defence Force.

Let us empower you with the strategies and techniques to resolve your dispute quickly and efficiently so you can get back to business.

LGBTQIA+ DISPUTES

If you are a person that identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, we understand that you may require particular expertise and knowledge in addressing your unique circumstances and story.

We believe that love is love, and there is no single definition of family. Your definition of family is completely unique to someone else’s.

Your dispute may involve any of the following:

  • Separation with your de-facto/married partner (husband or wife)
  • Disputes with IVF clinics, surrogates or overseas surrogacy agencies
  • Transgender issues and the changing of your birth certificate
  • Inter-sex disputes with hospitals or clinics
  • Parenting disputes with your former partner or spouse
  • Discrimination and homophobia
  • HIV/AIDS and medication
  • Issues relating to gender-neutrality

No matter what your needs are, we will acknowledge that your circumstances are unique and provide you a tailor-made framework to help support you through each step of the way.

SURROGACY & REPRODUCTIVE DISPUTES

At Dispute Resolution Centre Australia, we are highly experienced in new and niche areas of dispute.

We understand the journey of creating new life, and know from our experience in the field that there are more important things for you to be considering than navigating your dispute. This is a time for you to be celebrating, planning and focusing on your new journey.

Surrogacy and Reproductive Disputes can comprise of any of the following:

  • Issues in relation to domestic and international surrogacy
  • Disputes with your surrogate or IVF clinic or Intended Parents
  • Getting important documents witnessed by a JP or Notary
  • Disputes in relation to embryos, gametes and other reproductive material
  • Life-planning and cryopreservation
  • Sperm donor agreements and rainbow families
  • Issues concerning eligibility

Rest assured that when you contact us, we will listen to your needs, resolve your dispute and provide a network to support you.

NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION DISPUTES

Disputes within the framework of a charity or non-profit organisation usually encompass disagreements between those within the organisation about its policies, board or decision-making process. Something as minute as the role of a volunteer or managerial responsibilities can have significant implications on how an organisation is run and in effect, the reputation that the organisation has in public. 

Ensure that your reputation is protected and prevent the dispute from escalating any further by organising a Mediation.

We offer unique pricing structures for non-profit organisations so that you can continue with following your passion and commitment to society in the most cost-effective way possible.

AGRICULTURAL, FARMING & LAND DISPUTES

Agricultural tenancy laws apply to farms that are “one hectare or larger, occupied or used by a tenant, and used wholly or mostly for agricultural purposes.”

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Surrogacy and Reproductive Disputes can comprise of any of the following:

  • Land deterioration or land condition
  • Usage and purpose of land
  • Agricultural tenancy disputes
  • Agricultural contracts disputes
  • Weed growth and natural resources
  • Financial disputes concerning the land
  • Termination of agricultural tenancies 

 

Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution

Arbitration

Parenting Coordination

Allied Dispute Resolution