News from our lawyers in Perth

What Is Mediation And How Do I Prepare For It?

March 9th, 2017

When a couple decides to separate, strong emotions and financial uncertainty can make it difficult for them to agree on a parenting plan for the future.

In conflict situations where couples are unable to work out arrangements for their children (such as where the children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent), they are compelled by the Family Law Act to try mediation (known as Family Dispute Resolution or FDR), prior to making an application in the Family Court of Western Australia, with a qualified Family Lawyer as a mediator.

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Paterson & Dowding welcomes Elizabeth Grayshon to the team

March 8th, 2017

Paterson & Dowding are delighted to announce the appointment of a new paralegal, Elizabeth Grayshon.

Liz qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in the UK and has a wide range of experience in all aspects of Family Law especially parenting matters. She has a particular interest in children’s matters and violence restraining orders. Liz is approachable and committed to assisting lawyers to find the best economic solution for our clients.

Liz who joins us from Mills Oakley is a valued new member of our expanding team of family law professionals.

Helping Your Children Through The Divorce Process

February 25th, 2017

A family breakdown can be a confusing, sad and distressing time for everyone involved.

Many children (and parents too) mourn the loss of the family they had hoped for and parents can feel unsure and anxious about how to support their children through the separation or divorce process.

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Are you separating and having difficulty resolving parenting issues? Considering Family Dispute Resolution?

February 22nd, 2017

Have you considered Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), a form of mediation aimed to resolve the issues with the emphasis on the best interests of the children. 10% of all divorce cases are resolved by dispute resolution. Government statistics state that where FDR is used, 55% of matters are fully resolved and 26% partially resolved, removing the need and costs for court proceedings.

 

So what’s involved?

Both parties attend a private initial session to provide background information and explain what they feel is important, then they both attend, with lawyers if preferred, a joint dispute resolution session, usually 3-4 hours. The key issues and the things important to each party will be discussed and the mediator will assist parties to formulate options and solutions to practically suit your family’s situation.

Why attend FDR?

It is confidential, allows you to retain control over the solution, focuses on workable outcomes, is less stressful, more flexible and more affordable than court proceedings.

What can you expect as an outcome?

Hopefully an agreed parenting plan will result without the need for court intervention or you can apply to court to make the agreement into legally enforceable consent orders.

See our Family Dispute Resolution page or call Lucy Thomas for more information.

Paterson & Dowding welcome Michelle Wilkes to the team.

February 15th, 2017

Paterson & Dowding are delighted to announce the appointment of a new lawyer, Michelle Wilkes.

Michelle has experience in both property and children matters. She is also a member of CPA Australia and has worked as an accountant for a number of years. She has a particular interest in financial matters.

Michelle who joins us from Butlers Barristers and Solicitors is a valued new member of our team of experienced family and divorce lawyers.