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Family mediation: you don’t have to go to court to settle

In the real world, taking a family law case to court is the nuclear option – one that should only be used as a last resort.

Good family lawyers know this and will seek to avoid going to court as much as possible for your benefit. If you don’t have the appetite for a fight, Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) offers an alternative.

As accredited FDR practitioners, CBD Family Law can mediate a meeting between you and your partner.

And as family law specialists, we can also help explore your options and provide neutral and unbiased legal advice to both parties that resolves specific disputes arising from the end of your relationship.

Going to court is expensive. It’s time-consuming. And if you have children, it can leave them resentful towards you and your soon-to-be ex.

Some lawyers will push for legal action to drive up their revenues, deepening and strengthening conflicts and bringing on unnecessary emotional distress – often at the expense of a peaceful resolution.

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Family mediation services: an affordable alternative to litigation

More than just mediators

The job of a mediator is to keep discussions civil and to help you and your partner come to a mutually-accepted solution.

As family law experts in Melbourne, our team doesn’t just mediate negotiations. Throughout the mediation process, we can offer confidential legal advice for both parties, informing you of your legal rights as well as relevant statutes and laws.

We work around you

Not everyone can afford to take the entire day off. In addition to mediating at our Melbourne office, we also offer flexible mediation sessions and can work from alternative locations to make things easier on you.
In cases where you fear for your safety, we can also separate parties into different rooms, or mediate remotely, meeting online.

Cheaper and easier

Going to court is expensive and costly, both in monetary and time terms. Mediation, on the other hand, is not.

As money is one of the biggest sticking points in many family law cases, FDR offers a reasonable and more affordable alternative to legal action.

Finish things on a civil note

The last thing you want is to end on bad terms – especially if you share children, or need to maintain a working relationship going forward.

FDR gives you and your partner an opportunity to finish things in a civil manner, without burning your bridges for good.

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Stuck in a deadlock with your ex-partner? We can help

Litigation can be costly, time-consuming, and stressful. In many cases, there’s no real “winner” at all.

Why make things even more difficult than they already are when family dispute resolution offers you and your partner a non-adversarial way of settling things?

In many cases, litigation can leave irreparable damage between both parties, regardless of the winner.

While you may be formally separating, that doesn’t mean that your relationship is coming to an end – especially if you have had children together. It’s because of this that legal action isn’t always the best option.

As an alternative to a costly court case, FDR can be used to resolve a wide range of family law disputes…

Keep your grandchildren, nieces and nephews in your life

It isn’t just the immediate family that’s impacted by the end of a relationship

You’ve always wanted grandkids, nieces and nephews but now the breakdown of the family is threatening to cut you off from them.

Grandparents and extended relatives can be important figures in a child’s life, and are often affected by relationship breakdowns. They are also often forgotten about when talking about divorce and separations.

Extended family members have the right to apply for family dispute resolution in the event of a divorce, or if they are being unfairly barred from seeing their grandchildren, nieces, or nephews.

Our family lawyers in Melbourne will mediate and look for ways to re-establish relationships that are beneficial for the welfare and development of the children.

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About CBD Family Law

As family law specialists in Melbourne, family comes first in everything we do

Our team takes a big-picture approach to all of our services, including family dispute resolution.

We focus on finding a solution that leaves behind the least trauma possible, and resolve to minimise drama, conflict and expenses.

While face-to-face mediation is preferred, we will tailor our mediation setup for your circumstances:

  • Witnesses and your own legal advisors
  • In different rooms with staggered arrival and departure times
  • Remotely using the phone or teleconferencing software

We work to resolve your case through mediation when possible. A family breakdown is difficult enough as it is – no need to add the stress of an appearance at a Family Law Court.

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