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Family Law Dispute Mediation

Melbourne’s Leading Family Law Dispute Lawyers

At Nevett Ford, our expert family lawyers understand that relationship breakdowns can be a taxing experience. We can help lessen your burden by testing out proposals, working through the details, and helping to identify where areas of inconsistency or strategy might come in.

We also understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for family dispute mediation, so we work closely with our clients throughout the process to ensure that both parties reach a resolution tailored to their situation.

Our family lawyers also work with collaborative lawyers to conduct collaborative law, an open and transparent process designed to avoid conflict.

 Contact one of our family dispute lawyers to see how we can help you and your partner reach a mutually agreed resolution.

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Who You’ll Work With

Richard Hamilton
Director
Jenny Christofidis
Special Counsel
Erin Trantino
Lawyer
Maggie Wang
Lawyer
Catalano Clay
Lawyer
Stacey Raphael
Lawyer
Gurnoor Klair
Administrative Assistant

FAQ

What is family dispute mediation?

Family law dispute mediation solves disputes between families, either during a marriage separation or a de facto relationship separation. The goal is to reach an agreement on property settlements, spousal maintenance, child support, financial settlements, and parenting matters that satisfy both parties without needing to go to court.

It is recommended that you consult a family lawyer before engaging in mediation as the key to a successful mediation is having access to accurate and easy-to-understand family law advice, as well as an experienced family law lawyer.

How does the family dispute mediation process work?
  • Often an initial interview with an accredited mediator to understand the background of your relationship, the factors that have contributed to its breakdown and the issues you are looking to resolve, or a briefing note will be prepared by your lawyer for your mediator;
  • Joint meetings (if safe, and you are comfortable with it) with all parties involved to share your wishes and concerns and listen to the other party’s reasoning.
  • A mediator going between the parties to pass offers and to ‘reality test’ your position.
  • Reach an agreement that each party can accept. The details of this agreement will then be documented, signed, and resolved to allow both parties to move forward.
What happens if the family dispute mediation fails?
  • If one party refuses to participate in the mediation process, your situation is not appropriate for a mediation, or you are not able to reach an agreement on the different matters, your mediator or family lawyer will issue a certificate – this will form part of the evidence that you have tried everything before going to Court, that will allow you to commence Court proceedings if you want to do so.

What is the role of a family dispute lawyer during mediation?

Although it is not necessary for a lawyer to be there during a family dispute mediation session, having one will be very helpful to you. Your lawyer can help you prepare for mediation by:

  • Explaining what to expect during the mediation.
  • Discussing the possible outcomes if the dispute ends up in court.
  • Identifying the strong and weak points of your case.
  • Determining the options you can take to the mediation

These initial discussions with an experienced family law dispute lawyer allow you to make informed decisions during mediation. In addition, throughout the mediation process, your lawyer will offer legal advice and support the mediator in helping both parties reach a mutually-agreed outcome.

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“Ryan Curtis-Griffiths and Jacqui Azouz provided excellent legal work.  I am a lawyer in the United States so I expect a lot.  And I got it from Ryan and Jacqui.  They are knowledgeable, efficient and very easy to work with. I will use them whenever I have an opportunity. “

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Mlam Camou (MlCam)
2023-08-31
I will recommend definitely this services to anyone who wants a clear and positive outcome for his immigration case. Professionalism and experience are also 2 very important points to consider when you decide Nevett ford to represent you. I am satisfy with their work to be honest.Thank you Nevett Ford Lawyers for your excellent work.
Lisa-Marie Hinton
Lisa-Marie Hinton
2023-08-31
My visa application was the most challenging time of my life. It was so much pressure, lots of tears and emotions. Ryan and the wonderful Team guided our family and secured my husband and children Citizenship and my PR. I think Ryan has a beautiful heart and is very kind. He listened to me when I was at my wits-end and could only cry on the phone. I would choose Ryan again. It has been a difficult journey but he never gave up on helping my family in the fight of staying together. Forever grateful. The Hintons xxx
Vivien Karabinas
Vivien Karabinas
2023-08-31
The expertise and service received by lawyer Sophie Stickland was efficient, caring and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her. Thank you.
Jervin Paul Dhas
Jervin Paul Dhas
2023-08-30
Had the pleasure of working with Lili for my PR application and I had a very good experience. She was very responsive and guided me and provided updates in every step and the entire process was smooth and quick. Highly recommend their services and one of the best. Thanks again Team
Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson
2023-08-29
During the period between 2020 - 2023 i was applying for a permanent partner visa and hired Ryan to assist me.I had spoke to 7 other immigration lawyers prior to Ryan, and the general feedback i would get back was negative (installing doubt into my mind about the likelihood of obtaining a visa in my circumstance). Ryan was the only lawyer who had a positive attitude and was optimistic about my situation and gave me a lot of free advice about what i could do even before i hired him, this was a major green flag to me so i made the decision to hire him.I couldn't of asked for a better lawyer, i would highly recommended his services to anyone. Good communication, fast responses, never hesitant to answer any queries, pleasant to speak to and most importantly a good lawyer that gets the job done.I recently obtained my PR after a 3 year process and I cannot thank Ryan (and the team) enough for their service.
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Hieronim Wiatrowski
2023-08-23
Lili Sibic was ery professional and helpful. Highly recommended ????
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Jessica Liu
2023-08-21
Awesome and extremely professional and patient. Highly recommended!!!
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Antonia
2023-08-17
Experienced, organised and friendly, Ryan is always helpful and reassuring during the entire visa application process. The entire duration has made him more than just a lawyer but a friend.
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Hiro Kamisugi
2023-08-16
Nathan and Jean as team helped me for my first home purchase. Even though I knew nothing of this matter, they made my whole journey nice and comfortable. Everyone around myself tells me that purchasing home is a very stressful journey, but I was totally fine with their help. Don’t think I can ever ask anyone else for my next home in the future!

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    Melbourne, VIC 3000