Counselling And Disputes Resolution

One of the best ways of settling a dispute is to attempt some form of dispute resolution which may include counselling, mediation or negotiation. This may be of assistance to you as you may be able to reach some common ground without the necessity to go to court. There are some companies that provide the best dispute resolution services via

It may be less time consuming and less expensive. There are a number of service providers who are able to assist with counselling however we recommend that you inquire about their costs before engaging them. 

As with counselling, mediation has its benefits which involves a cooperative approach and requires the participation of both parties. Often it does not work particularly well where one party refuses to co-operate or where there are issues of family violence or abuse. 

Changes to Family Law

Family Law is an area that is constantly changing. The most recent changes took effect from 1 July 2006 with most of those taking effect from that date. Certain provisions came into operation from 1 July 2007 and these mainly relate to children. 

The guiding principles are:

1. Children have a right to know both their parents and be protected from harm.

2. The concept of equal shared parental responsibility applies provided children are not put at risk.

3. Disputes are resolved outside court if possible.

Co-operation is seen to be the key to achieving these outcomes and if this is not possible, then the matter may be taken to court. 

From mid-2007 parties will be expected to make a genuine effort to resolve disputes co-operatively by attending family disputes resolution sessions before taking any matter to a court provided there is no risk of family violence or child abuse.