Expert Family Law Mediation in Sydney
Find the right path forward with our advanced family mediation services
At O’Sullivan Mediation, we offer expert family mediation services that aid parties in finding and effective means to resolve their dispute. Complex issues that result from the breakdown of a marriage such as child custody and property settlement can become extended struggles which, if not settled privately, will need to be mandated by a judge in an even lengthier courtroom process.
We provide a means to avoid the cost and stress of litigation but bringing you and your ex to the negotiation table in an even-keeled setting. Indeed, the court system prefers that disputing parties settle their issues outside of court via a service like ours as it frees up an already overburdened family court system.
Why use family law mediation?
Discover why this alternative means of resolving your dispute is so effective
Making use of our services for family law mediation in Sydney is one of the most cost-effective and time-efficient ways you can deal with your dispute. This dispute resolution process is a proven tool for helping parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution out-of-court, eliminating the necessity of costly and stressful litigation.
The process can also help parties engage in effective communication wherein separated parents have an easier time managing the care of children during the separation process. All in all, it is a quicker and cheaper means for both parties to resolve their dispute, or at the very least make productive headway on the resolution of said dispute.
Family law mediation in Sydney – How does it work?
At O’Sullivan Mediation, we always seek to understand as much as possible about each party before the process begins in earnest.
Our family law mediation process involves 5 key stages:
One party submits an application to request family law mediation and the other party is contacted in order to determine their interest in taking part. Issues to be discussed are collated and added to an agenda of topics to be covered during the negotiation process.
Selecting a mediator
Parties are presented with a list of suitable candidates depending on what specific areas they want to discuss during their negotiation. After a candidate is selected, a submission agreement is required to be signed by both parties.
The sessions can take place in person or via a video or phone call at a pre-determined date, providing all parties have consented. Sometimes, only one session is necessary in order to reach as resolution as you never really know what’s possible until the discussion actually takes place. Prior to the beginning of the session, information will be requested by the supervising family mediator and both sides will present their issues for discussion. Using separate caucuses, the mediator can help both parties reach an agreement.
Most of our sessions for family law mediation in Sydney will end with a settlement being reached that is agreeable to both parties. All parties must then sign an agreement that makes the agreement discussed enforceable under the law.
If, for whatever reason, a settlement is not reached then parties are free to try an alternative method. Family mediation can always be reattempted at a later date.
Principal mediator Tom O’Sullivan has extensive legal experience behind him, having helped many disputing parties identify a mutually agreeable settlement in a short amount of time. Tom is effective in acting as an unbiased 3rd party who facilitates a productive and respectful dialogue between parties, even when there is a great deal of emotional angst present.
Tom has proven experience in getting disputing parties talking to one another and finding creative solutions to issues surrounding parenting arrangements and the division of assets. Tom’s approach is all about making sure each side feels listened to and that whatever compromises are suggested truly take all relevant factors into consideration.
Above all, Tom ensures that he maintains a level-playing-field where neither part if able to exert leverage or make the other feel like they are being taken advantage of. This approach has proven highly successful for our past clients who were able to identify a clear path forwards that is seen as fair for all parties.
If you require reliable and effective family law mediation in Sydney, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can start finding a path forward.