What is mediation?
Most people have heard of mediation, but few have an understanding of what it really is. Simply put, mediation is trying to resolve conflict without going to court or getting lawyers involved. And I guess that sounds pretty rich coming from us, some of whom are lawyers! But we are lawyers who believe that mediation is a far better tool to use to resolve than court is in times of family conflict.
After representing clients in court for many years we’ve found that many people walk out of court (sometimes years later) much poorer, totally exhausted and often feeling very disappointed. Not feeling a sense of justice. Not feeling like they have won, even if they’ve achieved their ultimate outcome.
Mediation on the flip side is usually a process that is arranged quickly, cost effectively and allows the parties to have control over the decisions they make. It works because as a qualified mediators, we facilitate a conversation and get to the bottom of what the problems really are and how we can help you find a solution.
How does it work?
After the parties agree on a date and time for the mediation they will be required to complete confidential intake forms. Your mediator will read these so they have a better understanding of what your dispute is about. Some people who have started the litigation process prefer to provide us with their court documents so not to duplicate work. And that’s ok too.
Both parties in the dispute will come in for the mediation usually at the French Quarter Mediation Centre, Carrara on the Gold Coast. Some parties will sit in the same room, and others might not. People make their choices for a variety of reasons. We also offer online mediations giving you the flexibility to chose your time and place to attend the mediation.
After a brief introduction your mediator starts by asking what brings you to mediation. That opens up a dialogue for understanding what the conflicts are really about. As a qualified mediators, we facilitate a conversation whereby everyone has a voice, and everyone is treated in an equal and respectful manner.
This process can also be used in a virtual setting with out Online Mediation option. We have a subscription to use the platform Zoom which brings people together in a virtual room allowing the mediation process to take place wherever you are in the world.
Why does it work so well?
It works because a mediator can open an unbiased conversation between the parties to find out what your problems are really about. You may have tried to talk about this conflict before, but it has ended in tears, raised voices or such heightened emotions that a solution couldn’t be found. As mediators we have the skills to steady that emotional ship, and get to the heart of the problem and focus on future solutions.