Family Mediation (more properly referred to as family dispute resolution when dealing with childrens matters) is a real alternative to divorce court proceedings. In fact, the Family Law Act requires mediation to be at least attempted in most instances before an application can be made to the Court about arrangements for children.
It makes common sense that parents should resolve parenting issues themselves. However, there may be reasons why that is not possible. Not the least of those reasons is the breakdown of the trust relationship and communication between the parents, particularly at the time of separation.
Don’t embroil your children in adult matters. If you can’t resolve parenting arrangements yourselves then you might just need someone to help you – a mediator.
There are many mediators out there, qualified, unqualified, lawyers, social workers but you should ensure the mediator you engage for family law issues is in fact a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner under the Family Law Act and Regulations and he or she should also be a Nationally Accredited Mediator. It is an added advantage that the mediator is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist with more than 25 years experience in Family Law matters both as a mediator and as a lawyer.
Randal has a lifetime of experience and wisdom to help him help you get the most out of the mediation process.