Mediation is an alternative method to resolving disputes without pursuing court proceedings:
- Cost effective
- Confidential (subject to exceptions)
The Mediator, who is professionally qualified facilitates and assists the participants to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. The Mediator is neither a Judge nor an arbitrator and does not provide legal advice. The Mediator is impartial throughout. The role of the Mediator is to help by seeking to identify common aims and objectives, by re-opening lines of communication, and by developing mutually acceptable proposals for settlement. The Mediator will guide the participants away from the concept of rights and liabilities, and assist them towards an exploration of their needs and interests . The aim is to assist the participants to move from a position of conflict towards a position of being able to work together in achieving a mutually acceptable settlement.
Decisions are made by the participants rather than a Court or Tribunal "imposing" a decision by means of an Order.
Agreements achieved in Mediation can be formalised into a Consent Court Order if required.
Watch a video where June Venters QC explains her family law and mediation advice sessions .
Unlike many other service providers, Venters Mediation services offer both Privately funded and Government paid, legally aided mediations.