Bespoke conflict resolution for your family
The first step in any mediation process is to determine whether a case is suitable for mediation before enlist implementing conflict resolution strategies to best assist your family in creating a meaningful outcome.
Facilitating an environment that is safe and supportive is the key to meaningful mediation, coupled with expert conflict resolution techniques and cost-effective services. We are here for your family to put the decision-making in your hands.
What is conflict resolution?
Conflict resolution is the strategy and techniques involved in facilitating a comprehensive solution for conflict that is agreeable to all parties. Mediation in conflict resolution is a key part of reaching a successful outcome for all parties involved. In mediation, a neutral third party is enlisted to help resolve a dispute and guide everyone to a mutual agreement.
A professional mediator doesn’t always suggest a specific solution but ensures all parties are heard and can arrive at their own resolution. By working with parties both together and separately, a mediator can help them to reach a voluntary resolution that’s more sustainable.
When should you resolve a conflict?
Conflict is a fact of life. Between families, co-workers and friends, there are plenty of situations where we find ourselves in conflict. As a result, we all learn basic conflict resolution skills to resolve disagreements that arise in the day to day reality of life.
For more serious conflict, however, it can be much harder to negotiate a resolution especially when the conflict or disagreements concern children and property. In these circumstances, enlisting the services of a nationally accredited mediator can be beneficial.
Is conflict resolution legally binding?
In Australia, there are a number of conflict resolution techniques that can be either legally binding or not. As a form of conflict resolution, mediation is non-binding by nature. A mediator can work with you to create a plan to resolve and mitigate conflict. This plan is legally recognised but it is generally not legally binding until parties formalise the agreement.
Ultimately, for mediation to serve its function, it’s up to the parties in dispute to reach an agreement. The mediator isn’t a judge and cannot make a decision, to conclude any settlement all parties must voluntarily agree to a solution.
How Meaningful Mediation could help you
When conflict is mismanaged, it can cause great harm to our relationships and wellbeing and in the case of conflict over children, such children can be victimised and left with emotional scars. Yet, when handled respectfully, it can provide an opportunity for growth.
At Meaningful Mediation, we are here to facilitate these opportunities for peace and conflict resolution. Our specialised communication and negotiation strategies are tailored to individual conflicts. This ensures we can facilitate constructive conversation on whatever disagreements and disputes may need to be resolved in a safe and supportive environment.
How does it work?
When you enlist our services, we will conduct an individual appointment with both parties to gain a deeper insight into the conflict at hand. This initial appointment also helps us to determine whether conflict resolution, in this case, mediation, is suitable pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).
We also provide child inclusive mediation for parenting disputes whereby your co-parent and your child will meet with a child consultant to determine the child’s needs within the conflict.
Creating a safe emotional space for your child is our highest priority and we want to ensure their needs are accurately represented during the mediation.
For property settlement, it is recommended parties do seek independent legal advice. This will ensure they are given appropriate advice in respect to their assets and any tax implications of settlement.
Where mediation is deemed suitable, we will hold a mediation session for all parties to discuss and resolve issues in dispute.
Everything discussed during this time will be kept strictly confidential to the extent provided by law. In circumstances where parties do come to an agreement, this can be made in the form of a parenting plan for parenting matters and a draft consent order for property matters.
Will I need a lawyer?
Mediation is designed to facilitate conflict resolution without the cost or stress of legal proceedings. Consequently, you don’t require any legal representation for our mediation process but legal advice is sometimes encouraged.
Above all, the team at Meaningful Mediation prides itself on providing a platform for you and your family members to reach a harmonious resolution. For more information on how we could assist you, contact our friendly team of experts today.