Family Mediation

Darren Mort’s family and divorce mediation services assist separating families to come to their own agreements.

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Family Mediation

Darren Mort’s mediation services assist separating families to come to their own agreements.

 Family Mediation in Australia is an effective and low cost way for separating families to resolve parenting and property disputes.

Darren provides a safe environment for parties to participate, while ensuring the focus is on the best interests of the children.

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Family Mediation assists separating families to come to their own agreements and is an effective and low cost way for separating families resolve parenting and property disputes.

Family Mediation Information

Find out how Mediation works.

Family Mediation has many benefits, and can alleviate the stress that often comes with family conflict. If you are interested in learning more about how Mediation works and how it can benefit you and your family, we encourage you to read our brochure and contact us if you have further questions.

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Step 1

Referral to Mediation

The first step of the process is for either party or their solicitor to make a referral to a family mediation service

Step 2

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)

Each party attends a MIAM, where the mediator assesses whether mediation would be suitable for the issues at hand

Step 3

Joint Mediation Session

If the mediator approves both parties and they agree to proceed, they will have a joint session where they discuss their views and goals.

Step 4

Mediation Documentation

The mediator drafts a mediation record summarising the issues, proposals put forward, and any tasks to be completed. Once both parties reach an agreement, the mediator drafts a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an Open Financial Statement (OFS)

Step 5

Review by Lawyers

The drafted agreement is reviewed by lawyers

Step 6

Signing the Agreement

Once the agreement is reviewed and approved by both parties, it is signed

Your questions answered

Common questions about Family Mediation

Family mediation is a way of resolving disputes between people in conflict, usually facilitated by a neutral person

Family mediation in Australia can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,500 per party, depending on the complexity of the case and mediator’s fees. Accredited mediators generally charge $400 to $600 per hour, while experienced mediators charge $1,100 to $2,400 per party for family mediation. Actual costs may vary.

Mediation is not legally binding, however, parties may choose to have their agreement made into a Consent Order and approved by the court to make it legally enforceable.

Under Australia’s Family Law Act 1975, separated families must first undertake family dispute mediation before approaching the court for orders about parenting

Mediation cannot be appealed as it is a negotiation process where the involved parties reach an agreement. However, if a legally binding agreement is made into a Consent Order by the court, that order can potentially be appealed.

Family mediation is a suitable option when a family disagreement cannot be resolved on its own. This may include disputes regarding divorce, child custody, property division, or other family matters.

If safety or power imbalances are a concern, mediation can still be conducted separately through the method of ‘shuttle mediation’. In this process, the mediator moves between separate rooms to effectively facilitate communication.

If the other party does not wish to attend mediation, it is not possible to compel him or her to attend

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