Overcoming legal disputes within your family is a stressful process. When the thought of entering a courtroom is looming, you may want to seek a swift resolution. Using mediation in Sydney, you can bring your dispute to a resolution much faster than if you enter a court setting. At Boyce Family Law & Mediation, we offer private mediation to our clients throughout Sydney.

Reasons to choose mediation services in Sydney

The aim of mediation is to help families find a mutually-agreeable resolution to their problems. You can still benefit from legally binding results, but you save time by not having to wait months (or sometimes years) for a final hearing at court, and you avoid the significant costs associated with a courtroom battle.

Private mediation is a useful approach to keep other family matters out of court. For example, parents who are managing the behaviour of a difficult teenager may benefit from having an agreement drawn up by a mediator.

Mediation is useful in situations such as asset disputes, separation, and divorce. The parties in these circumstances have often suffered from a breakdown in communication, but they are not beyond the point of reaching a facilitated agreement. Our skilled mediators will oversee your discussions and ensure everyone has a chance to speak. We can help negotiate and draft legally-binding agreements to solidify the resolution you have arrived at with our assistance. We are also able to issue statutory certificates under Section 60I Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) if you have a child custody matter and wish to file a court application.

How private mediation works

The exact nature of your mediation appointment will vary according to the circumstances. It usually begins with each person introducing themselves and explaining what they believe the problem is. At this stage, the parties may also voice what they want out of the mediation. For example, in a custody dispute, each party may state why they believe their current custody arrangement is problematic and outline what they would rather do instead.

After allowing participants to voice their immediate problems, the mediator then oversees their discussion about each issue. Our approach to mediation in Sydney uses specialist lawyers who have received postgraduate training in facilitative mediation. They are adept at making sure the discussions are productive and they avoid arguments. In some cases, it is necessary for the mediator to talk to each person individually, or to separate the parties for the entirety of the mediation. However, this is always done with the aim of furthering the discussion and obtaining an agreement.

If both parties reach an agreement, the mediator will help them decide how they want it to be recorded, including by preparation of enforceable Orders to be filed in the court. In some cases, mediation is not successful. If you have already attended mediation and you have not been able to resolve your dispute, you can turn to our divorce lawyers for support with lawyer-assisted negotiations and, if necessary, litigation.

If you believe your family could benefit from mediation, call us on 02 9223 3099 (8.30am to 5.30pm weekdays) or email us at enquiry@boycefamilylaw.com.au.