Family Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Property

Our family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) are able to assist couples separating or divorcing to reach an agreement regarding financial matters and the settlement of their property.

Unlike parenting matters, property mediation is not mandatory under the Australian Family Law act but is the preferred and affordable option.

What happens in dispute resolution for property?

After initial individual session(s), your FDRP will guide you through a structured discussion to determine the property pool including:

  • Establishing agreed values of all assets
  • Identifying debts and liabilities and who has responsibility for them
  • Calculating net worth
  • Considering non-financial and financial contributions
  • Ascertaining future needs

Once the relevant factors have been identified, your FDRP will facilitate a negotiation based on your options and proposals, enabling you to compare and test these against your financial situation.

Property settlement agreements are not legal documents but can be used as the basis for legally binding orders such as Consent Orders or a Binding Financial Agreement which is a discrete and separate step.

FDRPs must remain impartial and do not impose decisions or give advice and therefore it is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice from a Family Law Specialist in relation to your situation.

You may also be required to seek external expert advice such as independent financial or tax advice or valuations.

What will it cost?

Positive Solutions can provide post-separation services on a sliding scale based on your income. For more information on costs please contact our office on 6223 5612.

Do you provide services over the phone or online?

Positive Solutions has offices across Tasmania and appointments are available face to face, via phone or online.

How do I make an appointment?

Please contact us to make an appointment. Waiting times for appointments vary according to the current level of demand and your availability.

This activity received grant funding from the Australian Government.

Dear Clients

Important COVID-19 Update

At Positive Solutions, the safety and well-being of our clients and staff are our priority. As we know, the easing of border restrictions has resulted in the transmission of COVID-19 in the community. To ensure we keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission within Positive Solutions to a minimum, we request:

  • That all clients, staff and visitors wear a mask when visiting Positive Solutions. We request that you supply your own mask.
  • Please remember to use the Check-In Tas app on arrival for each visit.
  • Please use hand sanitiser regularly and maintain social distancing of 1.5m.
  • You will not be able to wait onsite for a family/friend who is attending a session. Where sessions end early we can call to advise.
  • We are continuing to operate face to face but if you are available to attend via phone or online please let us know.
  • If you are exhibiting any cold or flu like symptoms please do not attend the office. We are able to easily reschedule appointments to phone/online if needed.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep our clients and staff safe during this time.

If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to speak to your counsellor/mediator or to our Administration Team.

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