Alternative Dispute Resolution processes are now very regularly employed in most courts and tribunals.
This firm is equipped to refer clients to Mediation and in fact encourages clients at a very early stage in any dispute (including Family Law disputes) to seek the assistance of a qualified mediator to assist the parties in resolving their disputes without recourse to costly and time consuming litigation.
One of the advantages of mediation is the fact that the issues being in dispute between the parties are dealt with privately and confidentially and usually, an outcome to the dispute which is moulded by the parties can be mediated.
In contrast, when disputing parties go to a court or tribunal, a decision is imposed on the parties where, in general terms, one party “wins” and the other “loses”.
Mediation allows, in most circumstances, each party to have the dispute resolved in a manner which is “tailor made” to the circumstances of each of the parties.
It is usually less traumatic and very cost effective to engage in mediation to resolve issues rather than going to court or going to a tribunal.
Indeed, most courts and tribunals now have compulsory mediation built into their rules and procedures so it is usually of some advantage for the parties to engage a private mediator before proceedings are instituted to assist the resolution of matters at an early stage.