A long and drawn out Family Law dispute can take a high emotional and financial toll on all parties, and can have a severe impact on the welfare of children. Most separating couples want to come to an agreement and resolve issues between themselves. It is better to avoid Court proceedings if possible.
The best way of bringing about a resolution is to discuss Alternative Dispute Resolution with an experienced Family Lawyer who can assist you through the options.
Parties can consult Family Relationship Centres and Mediation organisations to assist them to an agreement, particularly after they both have obtained their own legal advice.
If the parties agree, they can choose to participate in Collaborative Dispute Resolution where they both consult their own Collaborative Lawyer and engage in a serious of meetings to resolve issues between them.
Alternatively parties can seek to arrange “Round Table Conferences” by which the parties attend a conference with their lawyers to work out a resolution.
In addition, they can participate in Mediation with an independent Mediator appointed to assist the parties to a resolution. Lawyers can also attend and participate in such mediation if agreed.
The huge majority of matters are eventually resolved without a Court Hearing. It may take several attempts and different methods before a resolution can be reached.
Once agreement is reached, it is most important the agreement be made into Consent Orders or Agreements to finalise property settlement, financial issues, child support issues and parenting issues in the appropriate manner.
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