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Fitzroy

Fitzroy Legal Service, Level 4, 126 Moor Street (access via courtyard)
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

T 03 9355 4700 T 03 9355 4700

Werribee

Wyndham Private Medical Suites, Level 1, 242 Hoppers Lane
Werribee, VIC 3030

T 9355 4700 T 9355 4700

Geelong

Cnr Torquay Road and Reserve Road
Grovedale, Victoria 3216

T 03 9355 4700 T 03 9355 4700

1800-639-523

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Mediation & Dispute Resolution

Occasional conflict is part of life but ongoing disputes can cause unnecessary stress and resentment.

Conflict is more than just disagreement. It exists when neither party is willing to consider an alternative and the issue becomes an ongoing dispute. Typically people handle conflict by:

  • fighting with each other, trying to win out over each other
  • submitting or giving up to avoid conflict
  • physically leaving or distracting oneself with substances or activities to escape the situation, or
  • ignoring the issue.

Conflict can be managed in two ways – Mediation or Family Dispute Resolution – both aim to produce a winning outcome for all concerned, not to mention being a lot cheaper than going to court.

Mediation is often used between family members to resolve an issue. For example, between teens and parents about behavioural or communication issues, or between siblings about ongoing care for elderly parents.

Family Dispute Resolution is the process used by separating couples to resolve family law disputes such as parenting plans, visitation access, dividing of property and financial matters. It can also be used by grandparents, step-parents or other family members who have a relationship with the child and want to continue that relationship, despite the breakdown of the parents’ relationship (Respecting Elders).

What does it cost?

The cost of some services is partially funded by the Federal Government. The balance is covered by minimal fees which are based on a sliding scale but we do not refuse our services to those who can demonstrate a genuine inability to pay.

Where are you?

We have many offices in greater Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Can you tell me more?

Sure. Give us call on 1800 639 523 for an obligation free chat.

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