The initial intake appointment is usually 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Mediation sessions can range typically from 2-5 hours depending on the number of issues to be resolved and the parties' capacity to negotiate with flexibility. back to top
A trained and qualified Child Consultant may be of benefit in offering an independent perspective from the child's/children's point of view. North Shore Family mediation may suggest a referral or you may prefer to make that decision independently. The fee is usually paid jointly by the parents directly to the Child Consultant based on their own fee structure. back to topback to top
Mediation takes place after the initial intake process with each party and if the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (the mediator) deems the issues and circumstances presented to be suitable for mediation.
A typical mediation sessions starts where each party and the mediator present opening statements. From the party's statements, an agenda is placed on a whiteboard and then prioritized by the parties.
Options are then put forward by the parties towards resolving each agenda item.
Negotiation takes place facilitated by the mediator towards reaching agreement with the child's/children's best interests being of prime consideration.
If agreement is reached, the document is drafted and once signed and dated by both parties it may be taken to one party's lawyer to be converted to Consent Orders and lodged in the Family Court. The Consent Orders are legally binding, the signed agreement drafted by the mediator is not legally binding. back to top