We understand that
resolving a dispute
efficiently and cost
effectively is often in
our clients' best interest.
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Family Dispute Resolution
What is Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)?
People affected by separation or divorce often find it difficult to resolve their disputes unassisted. FDR, or mediation, is a cheap alternative to asking a Court to settle these disputes for you. It is a process where a FDR practitioner, or mediator, facilitates such people to resolve such disputes between themselves.
FDR is a much cheaper way of resolving disputes than having a Court do so for you. It can cost as little as one hour of legal fees per party.
But for a few exceptions, mediation is strictly confidential, and anything said in it cannot be admitted as evidence in a Court.
Efficient and effective
We have a solution focused process that allows the parties to focus on the future in the best interest of all the parties involved. Most matters can be resolved in just one session, avoiding you the emotional and financial cost of an expensive Court litigation.
It can cost as little as one hour of legal fees per party.
We can accommodate most mediation within 3 days of initial contact when both parties agree to participate in mediation. Most other mediation services take months from start to finish.
Why use our Family Dispute Resolution Services?
The disputes and conflicts of a relationship breakdown can be emotionally and financially draining. The sooner they are resolved the better it is for everyone.
Here are some quick questions and answers commonly asked.
Can our Services be used for Property Disputes?
Yes. We mediate both parenting and property disputes.
Is Mediation Compulsory?
No. However, a Court will need a Family Law certificate attesting that the parties have attempted mediation before hearing an application for a Parenting Order. Only FDR practitioners accredited by the Attorney General’s Department can issue such a certificate. We hold such accreditation.
What is a Parenting Plan?
It is a written agreement, signed and dated by both parties, about how they will co parent their children after the break down of their relationship.
We can write up a Parenting Plan for our clients who want to have one in place.
How can Agreements Reached in FDR be Enforced?
A Parenting Plan is not legally enforceable. Agreements reached in mediation can be formalised by the Court as a Consent Order that has the force of law. Consent Orders generally need to be drafted by a Lawyer.
Commercial & Other Disputes
Kris Seeneevassen is an experienced lawyer and
His focus is on implementing a process that assists conflicted parties to personally explore, negotiate and structure a solution in a supervised and non-combative environment.
He encourages parties to a mediation to recognise their needs and interests as well as financial outcomes.
Taking a matter to court is not the only way to resolve a dispute. We believe that litigation will often be an option of last resort. There are many other options available to try to resolve a dispute, including mediation.
Mediation provides the opportunity for a neutral third party to stand between the opposing parties, and to facilitate settlement discussions. The effective mediator needs to be an experienced lawyer. Mediations are conducted on a confidential basis, so that anything which is said by either party cannot be repeated later if the matter does not resolve.
A good mediator can confidentially give each party compelling feedback on both the strengths and weaknesses of their case, as well as identifying potential paths to resolution which have not previously been identified. Solutions may include undertakings as to future conduct – they do not simply have to be about payments of money. The mediator will help the parties draw up a binding agreement.
A successful mediation may take a whole day, and require careful and patient discussion. Sometimes the parties will be required to prepare a position paper before the mediation. Usually only the lawyers speak in joint sessions in a mediation, but there are lots of opportunities throughout the day for the parties to speak to their lawyers privately, and if they want, to make a statement to the other party.
We are impartial. Our role is to assist you in solving your problem – not to tell you what the solution should be. It is particularly suited to situations where the parties are likely to have an ongoing relationship after the dispute is settled.