Family Law Mediation is an effective tool for parties to reach a resolution of all issues without the need to resort to litigation. It can also assist parties who have commenced proceedings, but wish to resolve their matter without incurring the significant costs of proceeding all the way to a final court hearing.
Mediation also assists to provide parties with effective communication tools which can often assist separated parents in dealing with the many day to day parenting issues often faced by separated couples.
Family Law Mediation provides a quicker and significantly more economical method for resolving, or at the very least narrowing the issues, between the parties.
As the mediator, Frances Edwards acts as an independent and neutral facilitator. As a mediator, she cannot take sides or make any decisions on behalf of the parties. In her role as mediator, Frances Edwards uses the evaluative model for mediation. This means that whilst Frances Edwards has the scope to introduce her view to clarify the application of a legal principle, she is unable to provide independent legal advice to either party, either before or during the mediation. In most cases, it is preferable for each party to seek their own independent legal advice before engaging in mediation. Parties can attend mediation with or without their lawyers present.