We are experienced in the mediation process and aim to do everything that we can to resolve all family law matters that are suitable for mediation, without the need for Court litigation.
If you have a family law matter and need the representation and support of an expert team, we can help.
Mediation is a pathway for parties to resolve their parenting or property dispute outside of the Court setting through discussion and agreement. It provides an opportunity for parties to be involved in making the decision to resolve the dispute rather than leaving it to the Court to decide.
It is important to us at The Law Office of Conrad Curry to support vulnerable families and children to resolve the dispute at the earliest opportunity and keep families out of Court. We are highly experienced in representing and supporting parties in the mediation process.
Under the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia the focus is on resolving matters within a 12 month period and using alternate methods of dispute resolution to do so. Parties are now required to participate in alternative dispute resolution prior to filing property or parenting proceedings, unless an exemption applies, such as if it would be unsafe to do, or there is genuine urgency in a matter.
If Court proceedings are commenced, the parties will be required provide evidence of participation in the dispute resolution process, or evidence of why it was not appropriate, prior to filing in the Court. Under the new Court rules the parties will be required to participate in further dispute resolution within 5 months of the commencement of proceedings.
In the Children’s Court you will likely be required to attend a dispute resolution conference (‘DRC’). This is a mediation between all parties, with the Registrar of the Court, with the aim of reaching an agreement for the care of your children. If you have a Children’s Court matter we can represent you throughout the entire proceeding including at any DRCs that are proposed by the Court.
Sometimes people choose to attend mediation without the involvement of solicitors, for instance through Relationships Australia or Interrelate. This is not advisable as it can lead to people agreeing to things when they don’t completely understand their rights. However, if you choose to attend mediation without a lawyer present it is important that you obtain legal advice prior to the mediation and after the mediation, before signing any agreements.
Click here for our information sheet on family law mediation.
Click here for our information sheet on Children’s Court DRC’s.
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Our service for the first consult includes:
- A consultation with a lawyer for half an hour to an hour, depending on the complexity of your matter, where we will obtain relevant details and information from you and provide advice about the legal processes and how best to achieve your desired outcome;
- A comprehensive free letter of advice confirming our advice and providing detailed information as to your rights and obligations and the legal process;
- A comprehensive costs disclosure outlining the hourly rate and estimated fees associated with your matter.