*NO WAITING LIST POLICY
We understand the pain of separation and divorce. Add to the pain, there are all the details of disentangling your lives, which may feel impossible to do on your own. Finances, business, parenting, relationship, property, bills, vehicles, superannuation, even what and when to tell children, family and friends. The list can feel really daunting and we can help make it all a lot easier for you to resolve.
The longer you hold onto the stress the worse it feels, and this can cause disputes to escalate quickly. This damages the important parental relationship of those involved and children are often harmed in the fallout of their parents’ dispute. Bitterness clouds better judgement and bad decisions are often made in haste.
We recognise that the last thing you need, is to be on the end of a long waiting list. Early intervention is the key to resolving disputes effectively, which is why our large and highly skilled team is ready to help you now. As long as parties are willing, able and available, our whole process usually takes between one and two weeks.
Litigation is an expensive adversarial process which pitches couples into bitter and escalating battles which can lead to court. Court can easily cost separating parties more than $10,000 PER DAY per party, and can take a week or more in a process that can cover a period of years. This is a sickening amount to come out of their combined property and finances that parties are trying so hard to keep. How can anyone be declared a winner in that type of bloodbath? Family Law Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution enable ex-spouses to communicate their needs respectfully and effectively through the facilitation of skilled and accredited practitioners, to craft agreements that genuinely meet their needs and interests, without the need or expense of court.
Family Law Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution help you to work together to find fair agreements that you can both live with, and cost an average of around $1,500 per party (plus GST 10%), which includes assessment, the joint session by two highly skilled and experienced practitioners and the printed agreement.
The co-mediation model offered by interMEDIATE Dispute Management means a female and a male mediator working together with parties as a team. It is important for gender balancing, greater impartiality and an unbiased process. Our model allows for the agreements to be developed during the session. These can be reality tested and future paced to ensure the agreements are practical, workable, robust and that each party can live with it. The agreement is printed for signing at the end of the joint session. Although an hourly rate may seem higher than solo, this ability to provide efficiency and stronger processes, represents a huge cost saving and time saving to parties. Others usually send out a printed agreement some time later. Details and meanings in an agreement received later can be argued and the agreement can fail.
General rates of satisfaction with a mediated agreement are reported to be as high as 85%. Due to our facilitative, transformative and educative, co-mediation model ours well over 90%. It is hard to measure, but not hard to compare with less than 40% level of satisfaction reported through litigation. After mediation parties are likely to feel empowered, relieved and satisfied that they have achieved a result that both parties can live with, and in the best interests of their children. After the combative adversarial court process, parties usually feel bitter towards each other and this makes effective co-parenting very difficult, if not impossible.