InterMEDIATE Dispute Management Pty Ltd is proud to announce that after scrupulous examination of our Family Dispute Resolution services, our organisation is the ONLY private organisation in Australia, to be nominated to the Federal Attorney General's Family Relationships Online website and Advice Line, for Family Dispute Resolution provision.
NO WAITING LIST POLICY.
Family Dispute Resolution is mediation for parenting issues, with a child focus. Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners are obligated to work in the best interests of the child/ren. When necessary we advocate on the side of the children and will advise parents when they are speaking or acting in a way that is not in the best interests of their children, and assist them to work together in a co-operative process.
InterMEDIATE Dispute Management Pty Ltd is a private organisation that assists in all types of family disputes - parenting, property & financial division and settlement, multi-generational, wills, estates etc, and provides an environment where disputing couples can resolve their issues in a safe, comfortable and respectful environment. Our aim is to ensure that high emotional conflicts can be managed effectively, appropriately and quickly.
Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners are able to provide compulsory Family Dispute Resolution services under the Family Law Act and issue 60i Certificates for any family dispute involving children, when required. See our page on Compulsory Dispute Resolution.
Co-Mediation, with a male and a female mediator at each session, ensures that each person feels heard and understood at a very high level. Co-Mediation is procedurally a fairer process than solo mediation as neither party is likely to feel the mediators favour the other party, as they can in solo mediation. Each party is treated impartially, and respectfully.
Co-Mediation used to be standard practice by Family Dispute Resolution Providers across Australia.When the process became compulsory in parenting cases, most organisations changed to a solo model - effectively halving their service levels to cope with the extra work. InterMEDIATE Dispute Management will always uphold the highest standards by always providing Co-Mediation for families.
InterMEDIATE Dispute Management Co-Mediation increases the effectiveness of the mediation through the combined resources - energy levels, of greater intelligence, improved option generation, maximising long term benefits and decreasing the length of time in the mediation process. InterMEDIATE Dispute Management's exceptional Co-mediation model, includes development of a parenting plan and/or mediated financial and property agreement, throughout the session, where after reality testing and future pacing options, agreements can printed, discussed together and signed, at the end of the session.
Because confidentiality and privacy are ensured, greater communication is enabled so that all issues can be addressed fully. All issues are clarified, discussed and many options are generated, allowing agreements to be crafted that are in the best interests of all parties. The interests of children are paramount.
Some of the benefits of InterMEDIATE Dispute Management mediation are:
- For your privacy and convenience mediation takes place in your home (when deemed appropriate) a convenient neutral venue or by telephone.
- Property and Financial settlements.
- Highly cost effective.
- Two mediators - a male and a female - at each session.
Grandparents and extended family members or other support persons, may attend mediation, if both parties agree.
Appropriate and early intervention by InterMEDIATE Dispute Management allows the parties to consider their independent futures, as well as focusing on fair settlement and when children are involved, their continued responsibilities towards parenting.
CHILD INCLUSIVE PRACTICE is becoming more popular with our clients. It is encouraged when it is apparent that children are being adversely affected by family conflict. It follows a model developed by Dr Jenn Mac Intosh of La Trobe University. It is a very child friendly method of interviewing, to find out how a child is really being affected. This allows parents to really understand, reduce anxiety and damage to their children.
All interviews are conducted by highly trained professionals who have Police Child Security Clearance.
We encourage follow up mediations. Naturally, time changes things for everyone. A follow up mediation helps people to understand, adjust agreements to suit new circumstances and head off future conflict.
SHARED PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. New legislation has been passed, recognising the value of children having access to both parents, and both parents to have equal responsibility to important decisions that involve their children's future. Changes to the Family Law Act ensure that as long as there is no risk of harm to children that as much as possible, parents are equally available to the children.
Mediation allows discussion, generation of options and a thorough examination of practicalities. Through reality testing and future pacing by the mediators, parents are able to craft agreements that suit their individual needs in the best interests of the children. For complete privacy and unmatched convenience, InterMEDIATE Dispute Management Outreach service offers mediation in your home, if appropriate, or at a convenient nearby neutral venue.
Outreach Mediation at a neutral venue convenient to parties, is especially valuable for those who:
- value their privacy and would rather not have their personal information sent to government departments, passed between agencies read by staff or stored in a community centre
- would rather not risk being seen by neighbours, friends, work colleagues etc in a waiting room of a centre
- appreciate the convenience of a during and after hours, 7 day a week service
- own their own business, and others who prefer not to take time off work
- find distance or travel difficult
- have family responsibilities that have difficulty leaving children or the elderly at home
- would like to involve the extended family
- would prefer mediating in the evenings or weekends
- appreciate that booking time constraints are not an issue. Mediation can continue for as long as all parties have the will and the energy to continue
- would like to organise mediation at short notice
Resolve your family disputes cooperatively, quickly, effectively and make robust agreements that last, without the expense, stress, time it takes in the adversarial court system.
Litigation destroys any remaining threads of a relationship. Some people want to go to battle, believing that the court system will deliver justice. The fact is that the court system does NOT resolve disputes. Orders imposed by a magistrate may not suit either party. The court system is horrendously expensive, stressful, and cases can take many stressful years. Parents become enemies and find it difficult if not impossible to properly co-parent their children. Children deserve better than that.
Mediators do not give legal advice, rather we encourage parties to seek independent legal advice prior to mediation to know their legal situation prior to mediation. This saves time and money being wasted in litigation and a realistic view for each party during mediated negotiations.
For couples who are separating or divorcing, please visit our page for more information about our Family Dispute Resolution services.
For further information about Family Dispute Resolution services for couples who would like to resolve their issues and stay together, please visit our Relationships Mediation page.
For those who would prefer not to be in the same room as the other party, or if distance between the parties makes mediation difficult, our highly effective Telephone Dispute Resolution in the Co-Model (TDR-Co) may be an attractive option. This model utilises telephone conferencing and other electronic methods of communication (e.g. email, fax) to mediate.