In most circumstances, before to going to Court in children’s matters it is compulsory to attempt to resolve the dispute though specialised mediation called family dispute resolution (FDR) with a registered family dispute resolution practitioner.
The aim of FDR is to encourage parents to try and agree arrangements in relation to their children without having to go to Court. FDR is an inexpensive and less stressful method for many parents to resolve their dispute.
Before attending FDR you may wish to obtain legal advice so that you:
- Can focus on what is most important at mediation;
- are aware of your options, particularly what the outcome could be if you do go to Court;
- know the difference between parenting plans and Consent Orders.
Torney Legal offers a fixed price initial consultation during which time, we can provide referrals to FDR services, advise you on the FDR process and provide you with advice as set out above.
Some service providers or models of FDR allow you to have your lawyer present at FDR, at Torney Legal will regularly represent and support participants in FDR.
If at FDR you reach an agreement with the other parent and you wish to formalise the agreement with Consent Orders, Torney Legal can assist you with the preparation of an Application for Consent Orders for a fixed fee.
There are a number of providers of FDR:
Private family dispute resolution practitioners (contact us for referral)
Financial and Property Matters
At this time, it is not compulsory to participate in mediation before commencing Court proceedings, however, most practitioners will normally refer clients to mediation or are engaged by their client to attempt to negotiate a settlement before commencing Court proceedings.
At Torney Legal we recommend you obtain legal advice before engaging in mediation or negotiations for financial/property settlement.
Torney Legal offers a fixed price initial consultation during which time, we can:
- provide referrals to mediation service;
- advise you on the mediation process;
- provide you with advice
Torney Legal strongly recommends that you formalise any financial / property settlement and you at least obtain independent legal advice before doing so.
At Torney Legal, if you and your former spouse have reached an agreement we can prepare your Application or review your application at an affordable fixed cost.