Month: September 2015

The importance of preparation in mediation

By Deborah Awyzio – nationally accredited mediator and registered family dispute resolution provider   Mediation is not an extension of litigation The process of mediation is nearly the opposite of litigation. In litigation, parties delegate their decision making powers to a Judicial Officer, whereas the central theme in mediation is self-determination. Consequently parties come to a …

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Indemnity costs – when do they apply in Family Law Proceedings

By Deborah Awyzio, Accredited Family Law Specialist The position in relation to costs in proceedings commenced pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 is governed by Section 117 of that Act. That section clearly sets out the principle that each party to a proceeding should bear their own costs. In order to make a costs order, …

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