Are you in conflict with a family member and you would like things to go back to how they were? Mediation can help you. When the conflict is close to home there are so many emotions that come along with it. Using a neutral third party could be your answer!!
Do you have elderly parents and you think you know what's best for them or is someone taking advantage of them? A mediator can work with you and the parties involved to negotiate what is in the best interests of your parents.
Sometimes we have the best intentions with our friends, like going into business or a joint venture of some kind. It doesn't always go to plan. If you're in a predicament and the conflict is going to ruin your friendship. Get in contact now.
Every morning you leave for work and then you remember that there is one particular team member that is causing you grief. You love your job but you can't keep going the way things are. We work with both parties to work out the issues - BIG & small!!
Family Dispute Resolution can help you sort out your conflict. It is a structured but flexible process. It doesn't need to be blown out of proportion - At Mediate Negotiate we simply start with 'Let's Sort it out! We work through each issue. 1 at a time.
Stress and conflict go hand in hand. Finances and property are stressful at the best of times but now you have to work out who gets what. Mediate Negotiate can help you to work out what happens to what you owe and what you own.
Having your Lawyer present in mediation is an option. You may feel more comfortable with having support via a Lawyer. With the assistance of a mediator and your Lawyer, you can mediate your difference of opinion with your former partner. Both parties need to agree on having a support person at the mediation and this includes a Lawyer.
The fee that you pay for your Lawyer to be present at the mediation will be subject to their fees. If you wish to have a Lawyer present please seek legal advice on what they provide and what they charge to attend a legally assisted mediation.
Child Inclusive mediation is an option for your mediation session and the session includes a Child Inclusive Practitioner. A CIP will meet with your children and chat with them about what it's like for them in regards to the separation or divorce, before the mediation. The children are not present at the mediation and the CIP will only share with you what has been consented by your child/ren. The CIP is specially trained to deal with all age groups. The CIP will join the mediation session for a short while and they will bring back their findings from their time with your children. (An extra charge is associated for the CIP)
Children are not usually present at any mediation sessions but that doesn't mean that their best interests are not taken into consideration. Each and every mediator has a duty of care when it comes to agreements that you may come too in mediation. Any agreement that is reached will be formed with the best interest of the child/ren as paramount. When you are generating options and negotiating, your mediator will keep the focus on the future and what is best for your child/ren depending on their age. The mediator will act as a voice for you child/ren. It does not cost any extra to have your mediation session be Child Informed.
This certificate can only be provided by an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner - Accreditation is through the Attorney General's Department. A S60i Certificate is required to lodge a child related case with the Family Court of Australia, (for all matters relating to children.) If you don't have a certificate - you will need to attempt Family Dispute Resolution with your former partner to work out your issues relating to your child/ren. If unsuccessful, you will be issued with a S60i Certificate. Find out if your FDR Practitioner is accredited here.
Mediation is conducted in a few different ways, depending on your circumstances.
The preferred ways are:
Video Mediation: Via Zoom platform that is online.
Shuttle Video Mediation: Via Zoom platform that is online.
Mediator Facilitated Negotiations: Via phone calls to each party seperately.
Below will be on guidance from Government.
Face to Face: This is where yourself and your former partner, along with a Mediator will work through the issues that you are facing. The mediation is conducted with each party and the Mediator in the same room. (Not offered at the moment due to Covid-19 Virus)
Shuttle: (in same venue) If you are feeling that you could not be in the same room as your former partner, we can arrange for you to be in seperate rooms and the Mediator would then act like a messenger. The Mediator will go from room to room with proposals from each party until a resolution is agreed upon. (Not offered at the moment due to Covid-19 Virus)
If no resolution is reached and the Mediator deems that the mediation was unsuccessful, then you will be issued with a S60i Certificate. (Valid for 12 months from the Mediation date.)
You have the option to attend FDR with a different Mediator or you can lodge a case with the Family Court. There is the option of using a Legal Firm to assist you with lodging your case or you can attempt DIY. Visit www.familycourt.gov.au
Conflict happens in the workplace, at home, with your family, with your friends and sometimes it spirals out of control. Mediation uses a neutral third party to help you to open the lines of communication again. Mediation helps you to put forward proposals and to then negotiate and come up with options to help you move towards a resolution. A Mediator will keep the mediation respectful by using ground rules that each party must abide by.
If you've had enough, and you can't seem to sort it out yourselves and you simply don't want to put up with the conflict for any longer. Then try Mediation. It a proven process and it works!
Conflict of any sort is caused by unmanaged emotions, inflexible thinking, excessive, sometimes out of control and extreme behaviour and blaming of others. It's what we call 'Below the line thinking.' It's about not taking responsibility for your actions - sometimes it could be you that is partly to blame. In mediation we do reality testing - which means we look at how the other person might react when you say what you say or do what you do. Could this be causing the conflict or is it how you are reacting to someone else that is causing the conflict? Have a think? Could you be partly to blame?
Susie helped me through such an incredibly difficult time.
Her guidance, support and ability to understand yet show
compassion for all parties especially my son was incredible.
Starting this process, I was lost and hopeless at finding a
Susie guided me through one of the hardest processes
of my life to date and I am eternally grateful.
I will forever be so deeply grateful for this woman
and the outcome she helped facilitate.
Cheers Anonymous Nov 2019