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    Family Law Mediations & Arbitrations

    Prior to COVID-19, the family court’s resources were at maximum capacity, with thousands of matters to be heard, and a backlog of trials.

    The Family Court of Australia (“FCA”) and Federal Circuit Court of Australia (“FCC”) have adapted in response to COVID-19 and are conducting matters by telephone or video-conferencing.

    In addition, the FCA and FCC have now given priority to urgent children’s matters, with property trials adjourned until 2022 and after. The added complications of electronic conferencing and the priorities given to children’s matters has meant that a contested Property Matter may not be dealt with in a reasonable timeframe and can often take years.

    Circumstances change over time and the opportunity to move on is lost in a myriad of further court attendances and the accompanying legal costs are, to be honest, overwhelming. This is not necessarily the fault of your lawyer but more properly the inadequacies of a system that lacks the required infrastructure to deal with often complex issues.

    Mediation and arbitration are two types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), which enables you to resolve your family law dispute without the need to proceed to court.

    It is a court requirement for parties to advise why the matter cannot be resolved by way of mediation or arbitration. Clearly the court would prefer the parties to resolve issues themselves. This is particularly so with regard to property disputes.

    So now, more than ever, people need to resolve their disputes with minimal cost and avoid expensive court proceedings.

    Family Law Mediations & Arbitrations Team

    Family Law Mediations

    Progress in mediation comes swiftly for those who try their hardest.” Patanjali.

    Disputes between separated parties are best resolved by family law mediation, not court.

    In most cases, the courts require separated parties to go to mediation first to resolve their disputes.

    Family law mediation allows you to avoid costly court proceedings and reach an agreement quickly without a judge deciding what is best for you, your children or how to divide up the property at the end of a relationship.

    Ryan Murdoch O’Regan’s expert family lawyers have the skills required to resolve your dispute with the most cost-effective option, family law mediation.

    Don’t let emotions take over.

    Our expert team will listen carefully to your needs and provide professional assistance to help you resolve your dispute with family law mediation.

    Save time, money and heartache.

    Choose our expert family lawyers over a judge.

    The Benefits Of Mediation

    • A more cost-effective option compared to court proceedings.
    • Save time, money and heartache.
    • Reduce stress.
    • Reduce the risk of smaller issues being overlooked.
    • Improved relationship with separated partner once agreements are reached.
    • Can be held face-to-face, over the phone, video conferencing or with each party in separate rooms.

    Cannot Reach An Agreement? Concerned As To Costs & The Availability Of The Court To Determine Your Property Dispute? Arbitration May Be Your Best Option

    If you and you former partner cannot reach an agreement on any issues then family law arbitration or court may be your best option.

    “I can image no society which does not embody some method of arbitration. Herbert Read”

    Arbitration is a way of resolving disputes outside of court. Parties can agree to appoint an arbitrator (generally a senior barrister or retired judge) whose role is to make a decision for the parties after reviewing the evidence and listening to the parties.

    The arbitrator’s decision can be legally binding on the parties.

    Only property matters, superannuation distribution matters, financial agreement matters and spousal maintenance matters can be dealt with by arbitration.

    If you have a children’s matter, mediation may be the best option for you.

    It is important to note, both yourself and your former partner must consent to attending arbitration.

    The Benefits Of Arbitration

    You can select an arbitrator with the best level of experience suited to your case.

    • More cost-effective than court.
    • Arbitration proceedings are confidential.
    • You can have input on how the arbitration will proceed.
    • Resolve your disputes quicker than court.
    • The Arbitrator’s decision is final (although decisions can be appealed).

    Proceeding To Court?

    Our family lawyers have considerable experiencing representing clients in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

    We arm you with tailored strategies to combat any complexities that may arise during the lead up to, and on the day of, court.

    Funding a law case is a real problem, and we may be able to assist you.

    We are happy to discuss payment options with you that are suited to your position.

    Regardless of the type of your dispute, our family lawyers have the expertise and experience required to get you the best possible result.

    How We Can Help

    Choose from our team of experienced family lawyers who have assisted countless Queenslanders to negotiate and reach an agreement with their former partner. We have the legal expertise and negotiation skills required to ensure your mediation or arbitration is successful. Our family lawyers take the time to listen carefully to your needs and communicate in a professional, effective manner. They will guide you through the process and represent you at mediation or arbitration to quickly resolve your dispute.

    Save time, money and heartache with family law mediation or arbitration.

    Contact Us

    Get the best representation. Book a consultation. Contact Ryan Murdoch O’Regan Lawyers’ experienced family lawyers about your mediation or arbitration on 1800 999 529, email or submit an enquiry below.