Family Dispute Resolution is the term used in Australia to define mediation of family law disputes. Family Dispute Resolution is a process wherein an experienced facilitator, or mediator of family law disputes [known legally as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner] assists parties to discuss and negotiate their own outcomes with respect to parenting, property and other family issues.
Property issues, post separation, can be a minefield of confusiion and frustration for many couples. What is included and excluded? How will the joint bills be paid? Who keeps what? What is fair? These and many other questions can serve to further exaccerbate any distrust, or acrimony experienced by couples trying separate their finances. Mediation can assist to clarify issues and to focus on positive outcomes, whilst minimising the financial cost of separation.
Family Dispute Resolution
From time to time Gary runs day/weekend counselling courses for groups, dealing with a wide range of issues and concerns arising from relationship breakdown, including: Managing emotions; dealing with grief and loss; anger-management; understanding the other party's perspective and getting on with life after separation.
Child-Inclusive Mediation is a form of mediation wherein an experienced child consultant interviews and observes the children, subject of a parenting dispute, and that person then attends the mediation process as the 'voice' of the child or children, putting forward the children's wishes and views, and contextually giving appropriate weight to same. Gary can assist as either the mediator in such a scenario, providing contact details of experienced child consultants, OR, act as child consultant himself in mediations facilitated by other family dispute resolution practitioners. In his social work capacity, Gary is accepted as an expert witness in both family law and child protection matters in all courts of Australia dealing with such matters.
Gary Shepherd can provide individual counselling for persons struggling with the aftermath of a relationship breakdown. Whether you or the other party instigated the separation, there are myriad emotions that might impact negatively on how someone reacts to the end of an intimate relationship, and subsequently moves on with their life. Counselling can assist to place feelings and emotions in their proper context, and to develop coping strategies for these difficult times in a person's life.
Often the most difficult aspect of separation for couples is coming to suitable post-separation parenting arrangements for their children.
Mediation [Family Dispute Resolution] can, in most cases, assist parents to resolve these issues in a timely and cost-effective manner that can minimise the disruption for both parents and children.