Mediation, also known as Family Dispute Resolution or Alternative Dispute Resolution, helps resolve issues, and create and formalise agreements, when there are disputes relating to parenting, property, separation and divorce. A suitably qualified mediator, helps each party identify needs and facilitates a discussion to create an acceptable resolution for all parties. It can also be very cost effective.
Trevor O’Sullivan and Andrew Davies are trained specialist Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioners who are neutral, independent mediators.
Both the federal government and senior members of the courts are committed to finding ways to reduce the costs to litigants of disputes about family property. This article reviews a number of new technologies that could help family law practitioners to reduce the time spent in preparing a case for the purposes of negotiation, mediation or litigation. Adoption of such technologies could thereby reduce legal costs for clients. The article also reviews a new government-funded program, developed under the leadership of the Legal Services Commission of South Australia, to assist people to resolve property disputes using artificial intelligence, without involving lawyers.
Separated parties have the option to engage with a process of their own choosing aside from the Court process, including private negotiations, counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation), and/or arbitration.
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today released the ‘Family Dispute Resolution Services in Legal Aid Commissions’ evaluation report which highlights the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of family dispute resolution (FDR) services.