We understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be one of the most stressful and difficult times of your life, so it is extremely important to have the right people supporting you through it.
They will care for you if you are caught up in a family crisis. Where necessary, they will engage in rigorous and passionate representation of you in the challenging context of your family law dispute.
Contact our Accredited Specialist Family Law team today on 1300 205 506 for a free 15 minute initial phone consultation. We provide expert advice and assistance on a wide range of matters between married couples, de facto couples and same sex couples, including: divorce applications, separation, parenting arrangements, division of matrimonial and de facto property, family violence and intervention orders, child support, spousal maintenance, and also offer LGBTQI+ friendly services.
We know that every dollar counts and so we will agree with you up front on a fixed price for your legal work. In this way, you will not be charged for how long it takes us to do your work. Instead, you are charged for our expertise, knowledge and skills and for the benefit or outcome you will receive. You will have certainty, stage by stage, about what you will need to pay. Accordingly, you will not get any surprises when we send you an invoice.
Even if you do commence legal proceedings, a Court will require you to attempt to resolve the dispute at mediation before proceeding to a final hearing.
For mediation, a professional mediator is appointed by the parties to assist them in reaching a mutually beneficial outcome.
Usually, the parties and their lawyers will meet and have the opportunity to express their sides of the dispute. Sometimes, they will then enter separate rooms and use the mediator’s assistance to negotiate with each other until a resolution is reached.
The mediator will not make a decision about what the outcome should be. Their role is an impartial one, intended to assist the parties in their negotiations.
In our experience, mediation can be a highly useful, efficient and cost-effective way of resolving a dispute. Our customers are often very satisfied with the results that can be achieved, as the process allows the parties to make their own decisions about the outcome, rather than relying on the decision of a judge or arbitrator.
Our law practice has a nationally accredited Mediator who can conduct mediations. Simon Matters is accredited as a mediator by Resolution Institute. For further information, visit disputeover.com.au.
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