“I help everyone, regardless of age, culture, sexual orientation. For me, the most important thing is to achieve an outcome that gives my clients the confidence to move on in life.”
Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party (Mediator) assists two people in conflict to:
A mediation usually takes about 5 hours and each person will be given the chance to have their say. Mediation is not about deciding who is right or wrong, or making decisions based on what has happened in the past. It is about supporting & enabling each person equally to resolve their present issues and come to a mutually acceptable agreement.
Michael treats each person, in every situation, with respect and dignity.
He is passionate about helping separating couples reach their own agreement quickly and effectively through mediation, and always with the best interests of any children involved at heart.
During your initial phone enquiry I will ask you to briefly explain your individual circumstances to help me understand how I can help. I need to know about any children involved, the amount of shared property and the level of conflict between you.
When I understand your circumstances, I may suggest booking a mediation session, or if your situation is more complex, refer you to a reputable Lawyer if you don’t already have one.
If mediation is right for you, I’ll tell you more about our process, the turnaround time and fees due at each stage.
If you are happy to proceed I will ask you to complete our online ‘Booking Form’ . We will then send you an invoice for Step 2 – Invitation to Mediate. Even if both parties have already agreed to participate we still need to go through this process. If you have any questions please contact us.
I’ll contact you to work out three preferred dates for your Mediation.
I will then issue an invitation to your ex-partner to attend a mediation session.
If they agree to attend mediation:
If they refuse to attend mediation:
I’ll set up a time to call you and then your ex-partner to hear your sides of the story and talk through your individual situations. Each phone call takes up to an hour. I’ll also talk you through the mediation session itself, and what to expect.
Things we might discuss:
After the Intake Session I will email you both:
If your ex-partner changes their mind and refuses to attend mediation:
A mediation is complete in a number of hours. However the agreements you make during those few hours will have a major impact on your happiness and quality of life over many years to come.
It can be very stressful and emotionally difficult to be in the same room or even just near an ex-partner if you are in conflict. Such stressful environments make it very difficult to think things through and make well considered decisions that you will be happy with over the long term. While it’s very important to be able to make compromises and come to agreement, you must ensure that you have considered the implications of the compromises you are making.
We offer an optional one hour coaching session over the telephone to help you prepare yourself to make the right decisions under stress and get the best mediation outcome possible that will be workable over the long term.
During the coaching sessions we will go through the mediation process in more detail so you understand what will happen and outline the kind of information that will be discussed.
We will help you work through strategies to prepare for the mediation including:
Preparing for family/ parenting mediation
Preparing for Property mediation
The mediation session itself normally takes about 4 to 5 hours – usually from around 9.30am until 3 or 4pm. The length will depend on the number of issues raised and the general complexity. The session takes place in private meeting rooms either at your lawyer’s office or another suitable meeting venue and catering can be supplied, if desired.
During the mediation Michael will speak with you together and/or separately to ensure all your individual issues, concerns and expectations are raised.
Michael will then guide the discussion and help you investigate potential mutually agreeable options and solutions, leading to agreements for your property and /or parenting arrangements.
The issues you need to resolve at your mediation will be specific to your circumstances, however we find that typical agenda items include:
Typical Parenting mediation issues:
If an agreement is reached, Michael will:
Typical Property Mediation issues:
If an agreement is reached, Michael will;
If there is no agreement reached at your Parenting or Property mediation, options include:
Refer to our Separation Page for information on what happens next if you can’t agree.
If you have already spoken with Michael and are ready to make a booking please click the button below and complete the Booking Form.Click here for bookings