Mediation is a confidential ‘without prejudice’ process with an independent neutral third party assisting separated couples to negotiate and reach a decision about their dispute. Whatever is said at mediation cannot later be used in Court proceedings.
The mediator’s role is to assist the parties to generate options, and reach their own decision. A mediator cannot impose a decision but tries through the process of facilitation to assist the parties to explore the issues in depth, reality test proposals and reach the best possible joint decision in the circumstances.
Mediation is generally quicker and more cost-effective than litigation and can be used early on in an attempt to resolve matters before facing the significant cost and stress of a final hearing or judicial determination. It often involves one distinct event, rather than a process over time.
Our family lawyers in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich & North Lakes can act as a representative at your mediation or give you advice.