What is Family Law Mediation?

Family Law Mediation Victoria BCMediation is a process where a professional assists the disputing parties to negotiate a fair and reasonable Agreement.

A Certified Family Law Mediator* has specific training in family dynamics, conflict resolution and the law.

Mediation is ideal for people who believe reaching agreement is more important than fighting.

Mediation is often faster, cheaper and more effective than the court process. It is also confidential. In mediation you have more control of the process and are able to tailor an agreement to meet the specific needs of  your family.

Lawyers are an important part of the process, but do not need to attend the mediation. That is up to the parties to decide. The lawyer’s role is to ensure that mediation is appropriate for you and to give you legal advice on the fairness of any Agreement reached.

Once an Agreement is reached, it can be registered with the court and enforced as a court order.

Please call us now to set up your consultation with a lawyer.

*Commencing March 18, 2013, the qualifications for a Certified Family Law Mediators are set by the government. Always ensure that the mediator you use is certified to meet the government’s minimum requirements.

What is Family Law Arbitration?

Family Law Arbitration Victoria BCArbitration is like hiring a private judge to decide your case. The Certified Family Law Arbitrator* reviews the evidence and arguments of each party in order to reach a decision that is binding on both parties. The process is similar to a court process, but is often quicker and less cumbersome. Most importantly, it is confidential-and takes place in private, rather than open court.

Lawyers are an important part of the arbitration process.  In order to avoid appearance of bias, an Arbitrator normally does not meet with the parties beforehand**.  Typically, each party has their own lawyer, and together they choose a suitable Arbitrator.  Either party can decide to represent themselves at the hearing, but in order to maintain fairness, they do not receive any extra assistance from the Arbitrator.

A Certified Family Law Arbitrator* is specially trained in arbitration and family law.

Please call us now to set up your consultation with a lawyer.

*Commencing March 18, 2013, the qualifications for Certified Family Law Arbitrators are set by the government. Always ensure that the Arbitrator you use is certified to meet the government’s minimum requirements. 

**Except in the case of a Med/Arb, the Certified Family Law Arbitrator.

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