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Mediation Video #2 – Different Models of Mediation

Our Director and qualified mediator Deborah Awyzio, explains the different models of mediation that parties can choose to partake in. Deborah speaks about how any type of mediation is a client controlled process which is very different from the Court process where a Judge makes a decision and parties are required to follow the Court rules. Deborah discusses the differences between facilitative mediation and evaluative mediation as follows:

Facilitative mediation is the more traditional approach where the mediator acts as a role of a facilitator. This type of mediation is very effective where there has been a communication breakdown between parties. With facilitative mediation, the mediator never forms a decision about what should occur.

Evaluative mediation is conducted by a legally qualified mediator and who can then provide their opinion about certain legal matters which might be in dispute between the parties. Debora’s preferred method is the facilitative mediation process. Deborah believes it is important to allow the parties to reach agreement on their own terms with the assistance she provides as a communicator.


Family Law Video #4 – Working with the department presented by Lisa Foley

For the fourth of our video series, our Senior Managing Solicitor, Lisa Foley, explains what might be involved when the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) is interested in your family.

Working with the department can be confusing and confronting for families. In the fourth of our video series, Lisa explains the role the department may take if it has concerns in relation to a child in your family. Lisa provides practical advice about successful communication with the department and navigating the many processes involved when the department is interested in your family.

Family Law Video #2 – Child Abduction Convention with Lisa Foley

For the second of our video series, our Senior Managing Solicitor, Lisa Foley, explains what you need to know about the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Lisa gives some practical advice about the steps you may need to take if your child has been taken to or retained in an overseas country without your consent or if you are overseas and your former spouse is seeking the return of your child to Australia. Lisa will give direction about resources and contacts that are available to you to navigate the area of international child abduction.

Mediation Video #1 – Preparing for Mediation with Deborah Awyzio

Our Director and qualified mediator Deborah Awyzio, explains what you need to know about preparing for a mediation.

Deborah explains in detail how a mediation is conducted as well as providing an explanation as to what role the mediator plays in trying to resolve family law disputes.

Deborah also gives some practical advice and tips about the steps you may need to take if you attend a mediation. These tips are designed to try and assist parties in reaching a resolution as quickly as possible.

An introduction to DA Family Lawyers with Deborah Awyzio


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