The mediator is not a judge, does not take sides and is not an enforcer.
Instead, the mediator assists clients as a neutral, impartial and non-judgmental facilitator. In this way, the Mediator can guide the parties to an acceptable outcome which will meet their individual needs, for example, a practical parenting agreement and/or a property settlement.
The mediator strives to diplomatically re-frame critical, conflictual comments from one party to another. The mediator’s task is to calmly contain confrontational anxieties, and then focus clients onto solutions.
The mediator has no decision-making power and is there to assist clients to voluntarily reach their own mutually acceptable agreement or settlement of issues in dispute.
Contact Creative Mediation during office hours or via the contact page to discover how mediation may help, discuss a specific situation or make an appointment for your first meeting
If mediation is considered suitable for your situation, your former partner and/or other relevant parties will be invited to attend an intake interview.
This meeting can take one to two hours depending upon the complexity of the issues in dispute.
A joint session can then be booked if mediation is deemed safe and appropriate.
A family mediation will typically take two to three hours and is conducted in a private room.
The mediator will:
If an agreement is required, the mediator will work towards one that takes into account everyone’s needs and concerns
At the end of the mediation, each client is provided with a summary, usually by email, highlighting important points discussed and any agreements reached.
In some matters issues are resolved within one mediation session. However, depending upon the complexity of the issue and level of conflict, the process can take two to three sessions, sometimes more.
All discussions that take place within the mediation session or at individual mediation sessions with the mediator are confidential and cannot be used as evidence in court – except if there are claims of child abuse or a threat to someone’s life.
At any stage of the mediation process, parties may ask to speak individually (and confidentially) with the mediator. The mediator may choose to call a private session if the discussions are stalling.
Agreements reached during the mediation are not legally binding. However, they can usually be converted into enforceable Court-registered agreements or Consent Orders.
Contact Sandra Waley for a confidential discussion about how mediation can help you or call on 0411 355 633.