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Settling without going to court

I DON'T WANT TO GO TO COURT - WHY SHOULD YOU! For the last few years of my family law practice (spanning over 25 years) I have been struggling to reconcile my desire to assist my clients resolve their matters with the usual negotiation methods…
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Section 60I Certificates

As a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP for short) my role is help people resolve arrangements for their children and for property related matters.  Unfortunately, some see my role as the provider of Section 60I Certificates.  First,…
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Getting “What’s fair”

Divorce in the Family Courts can lead to uncertain and unpredictable outcomes. A recent case of Telfer [2016] FCWA 2 (4 January 2016) in the Family Court of Western Australia demonstrates how outcomes in property settlements can be just that. The…

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…

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…
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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…
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Mediation & Family Dispute Resolution services for lawyers

Mediate Resolve now has a page dedicated to lawyers seeking professional mediation and family dispute resolution services.  Go to Help for Lawyers.
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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…

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…
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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…

Get what you are entitled to! – but is that really what you need to know!

You would have heard the radio ads, television ads or simply noticed on Facebook or the internet that law firms often entice you to contact them by saying "Get what you are entitled to."  Well that's not all you should be concerned about.  It's…

Divorce Hotel – What next?

A novel way to divorce  - an article from - An excerpt "  Welcome to the DivorceHotel — well, technically, the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa — where you can check in as a married couple on Friday and check out divorced by…

Collaborative Surrogacy Representation

Simply put, collaboratively trained family lawyers are not adversarial lawyers. The ultimate goal of a surrogacy arrangement is for a child to be born that is loved in an open based relationship, taking into account the needs and aspirations…
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What is Mediation and Why Should I try it?

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 more than one alternative but in general they all come under the heading of dispute resolution…

Turkey Embraces Mediation

The article : "Progress Of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms In TurkeyTurkey: Progress Of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms In Turkey" shows how dispute resolution, particularly mediation is internationally recognised as being…
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Preparing for Property Settlement Mediation

Mediation is about self-determination; that is reaching your own agreement on your own terms.  However, that does not mean you reach an agreement without knowing what your legal options and outcomes are, particularly when determining how property…
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Use of Multiple Mediation Sessions

It is more often the case that where lawyers are involved in family law mediations with their clients that there is an expectation that the mediation will continue for a number of hours, in some cases many hours, until agreement is reached or…

Important Information & where to find it

If you have received an Invitation to Family Mediation / Family Dispute Resolution- READ THESE

Triple P Parenting Website

Triple P courses can be done online.  Just follow the link to the Triple P website where you will find information about the course and how to enrol and complete it.

Attending these types of courses can assist parents in dealing with separation and parenting.

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Randal Binnie, LL.B, NAM, FDRP, Acc. Spec.Fam.Law & Notary Public

Professional Mediator/Notary Public/Family Lawyer

I invite you to contact me to schedule an appointment.

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

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