What is mediation?

Mediation is a consensual confidential, voluntary and informal process which can be used in many situations where parties are unable to reach an agreement to resolve a dispute.  Mediation is facilitated by a skilled and independent mediator, that is a person who doesn’t have any personal involvement in the problem being resolved.

Mediators help people, who are in conflict define the issues in dispute, develop and explore settlement options to discuss the issues, understand each other’s point of view and explore possible options, and negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement of that dispute which meets their interests and needs.

Benefits of Mediation

Parties Control the Process:

Each party has the opportunity to voice their issues and negotiate toward a mutually agreeable outcome. No one makes the decision for you.

Low Cost:

Both in money and emotion. Engaging solicitors and going to court is expensive and the wait can be nerve wracking. In mediation parties work together toward a fair and acceptable outcome.

Time Efficient:

No long waiting periods. It can take months for a matter to be listed in court and then the court process can be lengthy.

Fair:

The mediator is skilled and highly trained and will be an impartial third party with no vested interest in the outcome of the dispute.

Convenient:

Mediation can be in the mediator’s office, a more convenient closer venue by agreement or could be online.

Better outcomes:

Many disputes occur in the context of ongoing work, neighbor and family relationships. Mediation can often preserve the relationships in ways that would not be possible after a legal wrangle.

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Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) 

Parenting Mediation   

The greatest benefit of choosing mediation is that it enables divorcing spouses to make their own decisions. In dividing parenting time, for example, a judge might choose a standard schedule that’s used in many other cases. In mediation, spouses can structure a parenting plan that best fits their children’s needs.

A parenting plan is a voluntary agreement that covers the day to day responsibilities of each parent, the practical considerations of a child’s daily life, as well as how parents will agree and consult on important long-term issues about their children. It can be changed at any time as long as both parents agree.

Separation can be painful for everyone involved – especially children. During this challenging time, children need support, love and contact with both of their parents and other significant people, such as grandparents. Some certainty for the future is also important for everyone. The family law system encourages separating parents to work out arrangements for children between themselves without going to court. One way parents can set out the arrangements they wish to put into place for their children is to make a parenting plan.

What is best for your child is the most important thing for you to consider when you make your parenting plan.

To be a parenting plan under the Family Law Act 1975, the plan must be made and signed by both parents of the child. However, other persons, such as grandparents or step-parents, can be included in a parenting plan.

 

Yvonne is a professional mediator who can help you and your family work towards a more positive future. In a confidential and neutral environment, Yvonne can guide your family through this difficult period and reach agreeable outcomes.

Property Mediation

Reaching an agreement on how you will divide up your property, other assets and your debts after your relationship is over is an important and often difficult task for couples who are separating.

Going to court to get a court order can cost tens of thousands of dollars and take months, even years,  if you get caught up in litigation.

Mediation will help you negotiate a mutually acceptable financial settlement agreement.

The mediator will help you:

  • work out what you’ve got and what you owe, that is your assets and debts and what they are worth
  • consider the direct financial contributions by each party to the marriage or de facto relationship such as wage and salary earnings
  • look at indirect financial contributions by each party such as gifts and inheritances from families
  • look at the non-financial contributions to the marriage or de facto relationship such as caring for children and homemaking, and
  • future requirements – help you take into account things like age, health, financial resources, care of children and ability to earn.

The way your assets and debts will be shared between you will depend on the individual circumstances of your family. This is individual to each couple and your settlement will probably be different from others you may have heard about.

It is best to consult with the mediator before or as soon as you separate as the practitioner will be able to help you work at interim arrangements for payment of mortgages and child support and help you map out the path forward.

Do seek legal and, when necessary, financial advice before agreeing on the terms of any financial settlement before applying for consent orders or binding financial agreement.

Yvonne can conduct mediation at Mermaid Waters on line or on the telephone to meet everyone’s needs.

You can benefit from mediation if you are experiencing conflict in your workplace, neighbourhood, extended family or are facing difficult to resolve issues with others. Hostile disagreements can severely impact your sense of community, workplace environment, family unit and individual happiness. Yvonne can provide you with the opportunity to control the situation and move towards a more positive future.

Mediation – ADR Alternate Dispute Resolution (FDR) 

Professional mediation navigates dispute resolutions in a non-adversarial and secure environment. Yvonne being a mediator registered with NMAS (National Mediator Accreditation Standards) will remain impartial and help parties identify solutions to move forward in a way that everyone wins.

Mediation can help  if you are experiencing conflict in your workplace, neighbourhood, extended family or are facing difficult to resolve issues with others. Hostile disagreements can severely impact your sense of community, workplace environment, family unit and individual happiness.

Yvonne will assist parties.

You can benefit from mediation if you are experiencing:

  • conflict in your workplace

  • conflict with neighbours

  • difficulties with extended family

  • a dispute with a will

Hostile disagreements can severely impact your sense of community, workplace environment, family unit and individual happiness.

Yvonne can provide you with the opportunity to explore ways to resolve the situation , to explore options and possibilities, clarify issues, communicate and work towards reaching  agreements and move towards a more positive future.

Relationship Mediation

Relationship Mediation is for couples who have been struggling in their relationship and even started thinking about separation and divorce, however , feel that there might be enough left in the relationship to keep them together.

Relationship Mediation is a safe way for a couple to identify issues that have ‘plagued’ their relationship, allowing them to generate strategies that will provide practical solutions going forward. Both parties are given the freedom to openly discuss issues that have been festering and have frustrated healthy interaction. Relationship Mediation is about applying communication techniques designed to facilitate an understanding of the other person’s point of view, with the purpose of arriving at a workable solution for the future.  

Couples have found that Relationship Mediation has improved their communication, restored their emotional connection and helped them renegotiate their commitments.

Resolve Your Conflicts

As a professional mediator, Yvonne can help both parties to reach a mutually beneficial outcome in a safe, comfortable space. Yvonne’s services are available either in-person at the Gold Coast, online or over the phone for the convenience of both members.

Please feel free to call with any questions you might have about mediation and how it may work for you.

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