Parenting Mediation Costs and processes

Mediation Costs in Parenting Arrangements

Before you decide whether the costs I refer to here are expensive or not, consider this – through mediation you may resolve issues in a half or full day mediation session or sessions at a cost of between $1,100.00 to $2,200 for each party.  Now consider the costs of applying to court –

  • just for the preparation and first court date $6,000 to $10,000 EACH or more in legal fees, not to mention court fees.
  • Add to this the delay in actually getting to court for the first day which is usually about two months and
  • getting to an actual trial say 12 months to 2 years later at a cost of many thousands of dollars depending upon the complexity of your matter.

During that time you will be unable to move forward with your life with certainty and relationships will be damaged, both with children and the other parent and extended family.

So now consider mediation and family dispute resolution as a sensible option that will be positive in all respects, even if the mediation fails to resolve all of your differences.

Children’s Issues – Family Dispute Resolution

Parenting arrangements for children are often the most difficult of issues to resolve and they are arguably the very most import matters to address following separation.  Property matters can wait but unless arrangements for your children are addressed quickly and sensibly your children may be affected adversely by the adult issues occurring around them.  Many studies have established that conflict between parents harms children both psychologically and also physically.

Mediation provides participants with flexibility.  The process can be designed to meet your needs including whether you have or don’t have your lawyer present during the mediation.

With Lawyer Involvement

There are times when one or both of you need a lawyer to assist you.  This can be for many reasons but often it is to prevent any power imbalance affecting one of the parties or one party just does not have the capacity to negotiate on their own behalf.  Lawyers are engaged to advise and represent their client’s best interests and in mediation their assistance is invaluable to the process.

I welcome the involvement of lawyers and I am often engaged by lawyers to assist their clients reach agreement through the mediation process.

Parenting Procedures

In children’s matters the procedure is as required by the Family Law Act Regulations as I have to comply with the requirements set out in the Regulations and Family Law Act when mediating parenting matters and also have to comply with the National Mediation Standards and Queensland Law Society rules in all mediations I conduct. The procedure is as follows:

An intake session is undertaken with the inviting party by appointment either personally or by telephone, or video conferencing.  The cost of the intake session is $265 inclusive of GST.

If mediation is appropriate an invitation is then issued in writing (both by post and email where possible) the same day.  (Invitation process cost is $265 inclusive of GST)

The invitation is followed up by telephone within the next three days.

If the invitation is refused a Section 60I Certificate may be issued at my discretion as guided by the Family Law Act and Regulations at a cost of $165 inclusive of GST.

If the invitation is accepted the mediation is arranged.  Mediation venues can be as arranged by the parties or their lawyers with venue costs being shared by the parties equally.  We have mediation rooms available at Springwood at cost and also at our Springwood Office free of charge.  Brisbane mediations and Gold Coast mediations can be arranged at the Queensland Law Society or other venue at the cost of the parties.

Contact me to find out more or simply make an appointment online or by telephoning or sending a message.


Randal Binnie

Professional Mediator/Notary Public/Family Lawyer

Randal Binnie, a leading Brisbane Mediator, is a partner of:

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