How To Resolve Your Family Law Matters Through Mediation
Unless you grew up with a lawyer in your family, your understanding of the legal process was no doubt informed by what you read in books and saw on TV. This has led many Australiansto believe that the only way a legal matter can be resolved is by two parties duking it out in front of a judge in court. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and there are other ways you can resolve a matter that are more private and less formal.
When it comes to something as sensitive as family law, you’ll be pleased to know that mediation is available to you as an alternative to the court process, provided the matter in question doesn’t involve violence, abuse or a time sensitive element.It is now required by law for any disputes involving children to enter into a mediation process before the matter progresses to court.
So what exactly is mediation and why is it better to resolve matters in this manner than in court?
Put simply, mediation involves working with impartial, qualified practitioners to explore the legal options available to both parties. No actual legal advice is given and no decisions made are legally binding. The process is confidential and is aimed at reaching a compromise that pleases everyone.
In addition to being quicker and more affordable than a court resolution, mediation is less stressful for all parties involved, and agreements made in these settings are more likely to be adhered to by everyone. It also helps to create a trusted process for both parties to follow in the future, should any legal matter need to be discussed and agreed upon. This is especially important when it involves children, as you will no doubt have to reach an agreement with another person dozens of times before they reach the age of 18 and are allowed to make their own decisions.
If you believe that mediation would be helpful in your particular family law matter, you should contact a family law Specialist like Thexton Lawyers. We will be able to advise you on whether or not it’s suitable for your needs and how to take the next step forward.