MEDIATION PROCESS

INTAKE FORMS

Once you decide to use our services, we will send out intake forms to complete. These forms will give us the details of all parties concerned, chilldren involved, and background to the dispute. Both parties will need to complete and return these forms.

INTAKE SESSION

We will then arramge a private session with each party to go through the forms and discuss their position regarding the dspute, future needs and what they hope to achieve from mediation.


MEDIATION SESSIONS

Assuming there are no safety concerns to the children or any of the parties or property, and mediation proceeds, then an initial 90 minute mediaton will be arranged where both parties will be able to express their positions, concerns, needs and desired outcomes.

Through this process, options will be explored and hopefully a mutual solution can be agreed upon to everyone's satisfaction. It is not uncommon for parties to need 2 to 3 mediation sessions before a result is achieved.

PARENTNG PLAN Vs CONSENT ORDERS

With an agreement in place, we will assist in the drafting of a parenting plan which can be used by both parties as a guide to moving forward and implementing the agreed solutions.

Should both parties want to make these agreed solutions legally binidng, then the draft parenting plan can be forwarded onto your legal representatives who will assist with the drafting and filing of consent orders to the Family Court.   

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Mediation on average takes about 3 sessions to achieve the desired results - meaning both parties agree on parenting, financials, visitaton, holidays, special occassions etc. Most of the important 'must haves' are usually addressed in Session 1 however once the parties are used to the process they usually decide to continue for a couple more sessions so all issues are addressed and agreed upon. Agreed points will then be documented by the Mediator and parties are encouraged to have those then drafted into CONSENT ORDERS by their respective lawyers. Once drafted and signed by both parties, these can then be filed in Court and they become legally binding Orders.

Costwise each party will need to be prepared to spend about $450 - $600 per mediation session (3 hours) so 3 sessions will set you back about $1400 - $1800 each ...HOWEVER that's much better than $100,000 each and waiting 2 to 3 years if you so decide to go to Court. 

MEDIATION WORKS! - YOU JUST NEED TO TALK IT OUT!...and we'll help you do that!