CG Family Law Mediation

If you are experiencing a family breakdown, separation or any other related Family Law issue, but are concerned about the amount of time and money that arduous Family Court proceedings will take up, you may want to consider utilising alternate dispute resolution methods such as Family Mediation and Family Arbitration.  Family Mediation and Arbitration are now becoming the preferred option to assist couples in resolving their disputes, with the Family Courts referring parties to Family Mediators and Arbitrators prior to hearing matters.

These two methods of dispute resolution have a number of benefits over court proceedings including that they result in faster and more cost-effective outcomes, the process is confidential and promotes the best interests of both the parties.

As Greater Western Sydney's leading Family Law firm, Coleman Greig Lawyers offer Family Mediation and Family Arbitration services, through our Parramatta, Norwest and Penrith offices as well as being available to facilitate mediations and arbitrations at other locations including the Sydney CBD. 

When is Family Mediation appropriate?

Parties in Family Law matters can participate in Family Mediation to resolve a dispute at any time, either prior to instituting court proceedings, or whilst proceedings are taking place.  There are a number of different models of Family Mediation, including Facilitative Mediation and Evaluative Mediation.  These particular forms of Family Mediation can help the parties to reach agreements on:

  • Property disputes;
  • Parenting disputes;
  • Spousal maintenance;
  • Interim property matters;
  • Child support issues;
  • Contravention/breaches of existing orders;
  • Issues relating to the implementation of orders; and
  • Disagreements over issues relating to parental responsibility (e.g. passports and overseas travel involving children, school enrolment, and medical issues relating to a particular child).  This can include instances when parties already have court orders in place.

When is Family Arbitration appropriate?

It is important to note that Family Arbitration can only be used for property disputes, and does not cover parenting issues (although these can be discussed in Family Mediation).  We suggest you taking the time to speak with one of our Accredited Family Arbitrators to discuss whether Arbitration is the best option for your family's specific circumstances.

Coleman Greig’s Family Arbitration team are able to assist clients with:

  • Property matters;
  • Spousal maintenance and maintenance agreements;
  • Financial agreements made pre, post or during marriage;
  • Superannuation agreements; and
  • Execution and compliance with court orders.
  • It is important to note that Family Arbitration is not applicable:
  • Where there is negative equity;
  • Where there is a connected dispute regarding children’s living arrangements;
  • Where there is an unvalued business;
  • Where there is an unsecured third party claim; or for
  • Single issues in a property hearing.

Our Family Mediation and Arbitration Team

Our team of Family Law Mediators and Arbitrators are AIFLAM accredited.  Alongside their AIFLAM accreditations, each of our Mediators and Arbitrators is an Accredited Family Law Specialist , and the team has a combined experience of 40 years in handling Family Law matters.  Our Family Law Mediation and Arbitration team understands the emotional and financial stress caused by family breakdowns can have on conflicting parties, and are experienced in helping to achieve the best possible result for all involved, at all times.

Coleman Greig’s Family Mediators and Arbitrators offer our Family Law Mediation and Arbitration services to parties either prior to, or following the commencement of proceedings in the Family Law Court.  Our Family Mediators can help parties in reaching agreements on parenting disputes, property disputes, spousal maintenance, child support issues, implementation and breach of court orders and other disagreements relating to parental responsibilities.

Meet the team

Need more information?

Coleman Greig has a range of Plain English Guides to help you get a better understanding of both the Family Mediation and Arbitration process, and to help you prepare for your Family Mediation or Arbitration session.

Plain English Guide to Family Mediation
Plain English Guide Preparing for Family Mediation
Plain English Guide to Family Law Arbitration

Book your Family Mediation Now!

Would you like to speak with one of Coleman Greig’s Accredited Family Law Mediators and Arbitrators to discuss your situation and decide whether Family Mediation or Family Arbitration is the right move for you?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email, or by calling our dedicated Family Mediation phone line:

Phone: 1300 738 660
Email: mediation@colemangreig.com.au

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Publications

  • The Who, What, When and Why of Family Law Mediation - 16 Jul 2018
    Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar, Karina Ralston, Adam West
    Due to delays and backlogs, the Family Court is currently pushing for parties to make genuine attempts to resolve their disputes privately through Family Mediation, one of the more popular Alternate Dispute Resolution processes.
  • Plain English Guide to Family Law Arbitration - 28 Jun 2018
    Family law matters can place serious financial and emotional stress on all those involved in the related court cases. It is therefore no surprise that the long delays and under-resourcing of the Family Court system has placed a significant strain on parties and their families. This stark reality has led to a recent 'blitz' in the Family Court, which has placed emphasis on finalising matters through Alternate Dispute Resolution ('ADR') processes, such as Family Arbitration, in order to tackle the immense backlog in Australia's Family Court system.
  • Plain English Guide to Family Law Mediation - 27 Jun 2018
    The long delays and backlogs in the Family Courts have been well-publicised. These delays no doubt cause frustrations, and can be very costly for the parties involved. For this reason, the court endorses that parties resolve their disputes privately through Family Mediation, one of the more popular Alternate Dispute Resolution ('ADR') processes.
  • Plain English Guide to Preparing for Family Mediation - 26 Jun 2018
    Effectively preparing for your Family Mediation conference will help you to get the most out of the Family Mediation process. This Plain English Guide provides an overview of the steps that Coleman Greig suggests you take in the lead up to your Family Mediation, and discusses a range of things that you should take the time to properly prepare for.

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