Entries by Randal Binnie

Mediation – What is It and Why Should I Do It?

Mediation including family dispute resolution provides far superior outcomes than Court proceedings.  Costs, privacy, speedy resolution are only some of the reasons why mediation is the resolution method that works.  Going to Court is costly and without doubt one of the most demoralising and stressful events you will encounter. There is an alternative, in fact […]

Family Courts in Crisis in Queensland

The Family Courts are reported to be at a crisis point in Queensland because of a shortage of Judges. The Family Law Act/Courts recently celebrated 40 years of operation.  At lot has changed in 40 years and whilst there have been significant amendments during those 40 years, there remains much work to be done.  Not […]

Mediation Creates Outcomes that a Court Can’t

Mediation Outcomes – Better than Court Outcomes During the last week I have conducted two mediations that have been quite challenging, particularly for the parties involved.  In both cases the parties were able to resolve very important issues which, unless resolved, would have had a significant impact on the lives of both families. I have […]

Divorce Conflict and Children

I have probably written a number of blogs on why children should be removed from conflict.  I recently read an article on the web page of the American Psychological Association entitled “An overview of the Psychological Literature on the Effects of Divorce on Children”.  Whilst it relates to the effect of divorce on children it […]

Mediation using telephone and online video conferencing

There have been many advances in technology over the last few years.  Many of us use Skype regularly and many of us have computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones that are capable of being used to hold online video meetings. Family mediations and other mediations of a general nature are suitable undertake mediation either through […]

Court Process Delays

In a recent Judgement a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court noted the length of time the matter had taken a parenting matter to get to trial.  The proceedings from beginning to end took 19 months. The Judge referred to the delay in his reasons as follows:  (the Application was finally determined by the Court on […]

Training Organisation Mediation for Complaints

The Australian Government Skills & Quality Authority has complaints guidelines that all Registered Training organisations need to comply with.  Clause 6.1 – 6.6 set out the requirements to be implemented which includes making mediation services available where necessary.  Whenever conflict arises between students and the training organisation mediation is a confidential way of handling those […]