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Tips on Preparing a Chronology for Family Law Mediation – Part 2 of 5

by | Feb 22, 2024 | Family Law

Mediation is a useful alternative dispute resolution method that can facilitate the parties to a dispute to reach a mutually agreeable solution without contesting the issues before a judge. You may agree to attend private mediation prior to any court proceeding, or you may be ordered by the court to attend mediation when a court proceeding is already on foot. Nevett Ford presents a series of brief tips on preparing for a mediation.

Tips on preparing a chronology

This document should be an overview of the key events and facts of your relationship in chronological order. Focus on facts that are relevant to the issues in dispute.

For financial matters, that means what assets and liabilities each party had at the start of cohabitation, what contributions each party made throughout the relationship, and what assets and liabilities the parties have now.

For parenting matters you would want to focus on facts that help indicate to the mediator what the family dynamic was like during the relationship, how the children responded to any major changes so far, how the children are doing under existing arrangements, and any risk factors associated with a potential living arrangement.

Use a neutral and professional tone when describing events and indicate whether each fact is agreed by the parties or not yet agreed.

To discuss your particular situation, please contact our family law team on 03 9614 7111 or melbourne@nevettford.com.au.

For more tips on preparing for mediation, including narrowing down issues in dispute, check out our first blog in the series here.