Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which is a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties without going through the legal system. Family Dispute Resolution also known as Family Mediation is a specialist form of mediation for Family Law Disputes relating to children, property settlements, divorce and child support.
Typically, a mediator assists both parties to work together to reach a shared agreement. Unlike the legal process, a resolution is not made by a magistrate and imposed on one or both parties. If the parties involved do not agree on a shared outcome, the dispute remains unresolved.
The role of The Mediation Centre is not to pass judgment or to give legal advice. We act as a neutral third party who facilitate, rather than direct, open discussion. We use a combination of various techniques to improve the dialogue between you and the other party (or parties), discuss potential solutions and, hopefully, agree upon a solution.
The mediation process is confidential. The Mediation Centre provides a private, comfortable space for mediation sessions. Your privacy is guaranteed – there is no court reporting, and no transcriptions or recordings made.
As mediators we have a strict Code of Conduct to which we must adhere. The Mediation Centre goes to great lengths to ensure your privacy, although some exceptions do apply for issues involving child abuse or criminality.
The Mediators at the The Mediation Centre are selected providers of Family Dispute Resolution Services by the Attorney General’s Department.