If you’re having trouble reaching an agreement about your child’s care arrangements, a lawyer skilled in alternative dispute resolution can act as an independent, neutral third party to help you make appropriate decisions.
Lawyer – assisted mediation
We strongly encourage couples to try mediation and maintain a positive environment for making decisions together.
These decisions range from parenting and what is best for the children to splitting the assets and how you are going to manage your relationship and communication in the future.
Attending mediation with DLO assists all parties to negotiate and reach an agreement without going to court or engaging in protracted legal conversations.
We can represent you at mediation and we have a wide network of excellent mediators that we often appoint. Margie O’Neill at DLO is a trained mediator familiar with all of the different processes that may be used.
If appropriate and agreed, lawyers and other experts can attend mediation and if an agreement is reached then this can be recorded in the appropriate documents and where necessary submitted to the court for approval.
Protecting the best interests of the children
Mediation will encourage parents involved in a family dispute to think about what is best for their children, given the children’s age and stage of development, and their particular circumstances.
Our family lawyers will work through various options and facilitate the making of agreed joint decisions about children in an informal, non-conflictual and confidential environment.
Anything said during dispute resolution unless it discloses risk or abuse, is confidential, and cannot later be used in court.
Family Dispute Resolution
When you are unable to reach an agreement about your child’s care arrangements, the Family Law Act requires parents to make a genuine attempt to resolve conflict through family dispute resolution (FDR) before heading to a court or tribunal.
If you are having trouble settling a dispute and in need of a family dispute resolution practitioner for FDR, then DLO can help. Janine De Saxe is an accredited FDR practitioner, who can take you through the FDR process and provide legal advice. She will remain an independent and neutral third party who can help parents make appropriate decisions about their children’s care.
So, if you are looking for alternative dispute resolution lawyers on the Northern Beaches, Sydney, then contact DLO.
Issuing the FDR certificate
Sometimes, FDR does not work, despite both parents using their best endeavours to resolve their disagreement.
If there are still issues that require a judicial decision, Janine is able to provide the parents with the required certificate, issued under the Family Law Act, to enable them to file a court application.