Family Law Mediation Process
Family Law Mediation is a structured negotiation process that is facilitated by an objective third party (the Mediator). Before mediation can commence the Mediator will assess the appropriateness of the dispute for mediation (Intake and Assessment session). If the matter is assessed as suitable for mediation both parties must complete a Preparing to Mediate session. A mutually-agreed time and date will then be set for the first mediation session.
Northern Frontiers offers child focused and child-inclusive mediation. A Family Consultant is available to ‘give your child a voice’ throughout the mediation process and in so doing inform parental decision-making. The Mediator may recommend the services of a Child Consultant at any stage of the mediation process – particularly if parties disagree on what is in the best interest of their child. Dual parental consent is required to engage a Child Consultant.
If full or partial agreement is reached the Mediator will record the agreement and forward it to each party for review. Parties are strongly advised to seek legal advice before, during and after mediation.