Mediation is a process in which parties, with the support of a mediator, identify issues, develop options, consider alternatives and make decisions about future outcomes.

The Mediator acts as a third party to support participants to reach their own decision.

What is particularly helpful about mediation is that the focus is not so much on what people want, but on what is important to them. In mediation terms, we call this interest-based negotiation rather than positional based negotiation.

By shifting the focus away from positions and onto interests, mediation helps parties work together to find solutions and resolve their disputes.

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Our family lawyers are qualified to provide advice in relation to, and represent parties during Mediation. Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyers also have a Mediation Style Conference Convener, a Nationally Accredited Mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner - Lucy Thomas as part of the team.

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Our aim is to minimise the fallout of disputes on families – both in the short term, and into the future. Our experienced lawyers have the welfare of children and families front of mind. Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyers work closely with clients to secure the best outcomes for families in the medium – longer term.

Our pricing is transparent and reasonable; we’re focused on timely solutions and where possible reaching agreement without having to go to Court. Make an appointment with a Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyer today.

Clients tell us that we are not just another Family Law firm. They trust us to deliver the best solution for their unique situation.

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