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Workplace Mediator Brief for Mediation

Workplace Mediator Brief: Aresolution

Our mediation process involves conducting individual preliminary meetings with all stakeholders, individual meeting and coaching with key parties to help them to consider resolution and possible agreements, a joint mediation meeting and post mediation follow up including coaching and support for all stakeholders.

 

All formal agreements are captured in writing and a final written mediation agreement is produced outlining key issues raised, key agreements and organisational recommendations.

 

We have used workplace mediation to successfully resolve issues between employees at all levels of an organisation:

  • Between staff members or teams and groups.
  • Between staff and managers
  • Between managers
  • Between staff and customers, clients, or stakeholders
  • Between Partners, Board, or Committee Members

Workplace Mediation Brief

 

To begin your workplace mediation process, please complete the workplace mediation brief. A Word version of the document can be downloaded Here

Parties

  1. Name and position title of all participants involved in the dispute:

Party 1 Name & Position Title:

Party 2 Name & Position Title:

Others:

  1. Name and position title of each person required to be present during the mediation process.

Party 1 Name & Position Title:

Party 2 Name & Position Title:

Others:

  1. Name and position of support persons:

Support Person 1 Name & Position Title:

Support Person 2 Name & Position Title:

Others:

  1. Name and position of relevant management and stakeholder’s

 

What key decision maker’s would like from the process?

 

DISPUTE

What has happened?

What has the organization done to resolve the dispute?

Has an investigation taken place?

What was the outcome of the investigation?

Are worker’s compensation or other legal claims involved?

Identify other issues that may have an effect on the dispute, including change in management, change in key decision maker.

 

VENUE

To ensure that neutral ground for negotiation is provided and travel costs are minimsed the most appropriate to occur at the premises of Aresolution.

If another venue is allocated, ensure that this is not the workplace, and not a place that is visited by either party. This could create an imbalance and will attract mediator travel fees.

 

CATERING/MATERIAL

Will catering be required/provided?

Glasses and water jugs.

Notepads and pens.

Laptop for records?

What is Family Dispute Resolution?

What is Family Dispute Resolution?

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is also known as family mediation. FDR helps couples who are separating or divorced with an effective method of resolving disagreements and building co-operation.

 

The issues discussed in family dispute resolution can include problems that have arisen during or after  separation  and the effect these problems have had on the children; how the child’s best interests can best be served within the new structure of their family; parenting plans; and property and finances.

 

FDR can help you agree on issues such as children’s living arrangements, schooling, child support, financial issues and property settlements.  Importantly, FDR assists parents to develop arrangements that will be in the best interests of their children.

 

Family dispute resolution is essentially a structured discussion offered to separating parents and significant others to assist in decision making about parenting and/or property. Thus, it can assist parents to develop parenting plans.

 

Family Dispute Resolution Parenting Plans

 

Agreements reached in Family Dispute Resolution form the basis for a parenting plan. They are not legally binding however; an existing consent order can be changed if both parents agree to a new arrangement. A well constructed parenting plan is designed to assist parents to be good managers of their children’s wellbeing.

 

What is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner?

 

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners are registered with the Attorney General’s department and conduct family dispute resolution. They are empathic, conciliatory, impartial and do not take sides.   Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners remain impartial and do not give legal advice.   However, in discussions involving the welfare of the children, they may adopt a more advisory role in order to help keep the best interests of the children in focus.

 

Is Family Dispute Resolution confidential?

 

All discussions that take place during family dispute resolution are confidential, unless either party discloses an intention to harm a person or their property, or child abuse.

 

If you would like to learn more about our Family Dispute Resolution Service Click Here

Progressive Parenting Plans that Adapt to Child Development

It is very common for parents coming into mediation, or when consulting with their lawyers, to request a parenting agreement that will last for years.

The emphasis of the discussions change from “how can we come to the most suitable care plan that considers the child/ren’s best interests?” to “let’s just get something on paper”.

 

Parties generally perceive a parenting plan as their safeguard that the other parent must also adhere to, preventing them from breaching agreements if there is a conflict or misunderstanding.

 

It is less likely to incorporate clauses that reflect the age and stage of their child/ren’s development if they plan with a set timeframe in mind. This is particularly true for parents with young children that are in their formative years.

 

Are parenting plans based on long-term solutions more sustainable than ones that are based on the age and stage of the child’s life?

We believe that both are essential and work together! In fact we have developed a tool in creating gradual/incremental care arrangements that evolve as time passes, and as the child progresses through each milestone, whether developmental or emotional.

Our method is to start with small bursts of time, and gradually increase this within an agreed time frame that considers many variables. As the child transitions through each phase, additional time is incorporated until both parents end up with their “ideal” parenting arrangement. This takes time, however, parties engage better when they know what to expect.

We offer a service that aims to consider:

 

Children’s age and stage of development
Their individual needs/interests
Level of coping and emotional development
Relationships with significant others or new partners
When to introduce change
How to transition through each phase
How and when to time certain events to maximise impact on the child
Expanding the parent’s mind to think creatively and come up with their own individual plan that best suits their child’s lifestyle

To find out how we can help contact us on 1300 ARESOLVE (273765) or 08 6555 7786

Child custody ‘rights’ and parenting arrangements

Are you being denied access to your child?

If you have been denied access to your child, or you are in a disagreement about your parenting arrangements you are likely to be searching for information about ‘child custody rights’. This term has had a name change and is now known as ‘shared parental responsibility’, ‘residence’ and/or ‘contact’.

 

When making children’s orders the Family Court’s main concern is ‘what is in the best interests of the children?’

 

It is important for your child to have a meaningful relationship with both parents and even grandparents.

 

How does the Court make a Parenting Order?

 

Before making parenting orders the court considers a range of factors to determine what is in the best interest of the children including age, relationship with parents, parenting capacity, views expressed by the child, the effect of separation on the child from a parent, domestic violence issues, child support arrangements and other issues.

 

What if I have been denied access to my child?

 

If you have been denied access to your child and you have a significant disagreement with your spouse about the amount of time to spend with your child it is important to commence Family Dispute Resolution with an Attorney General Appointed mediator as soon as possible.

 

The Family Law Act 1975 (the Act) requires you to attempt to resolve your dispute through Family Dispute Resolution before you file an application for a parenting order in relation to a child.

 

There are some exceptions to providing the certificate as a pre-court action that relate to violence, abuse and risk to the child and urgency so you should speak with a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner the Relationship Advice Line or a Family Lawyer.

 

How can Family Dispute Resolution help?

 

If you are denied access to your child, in most cases the initiation of Family Dispute Resolution mediation is not only an important pre-court action procedure but an important step in working out it out with your ex-spouse and reaching agreement.

 

Family Dispute Resolution became a mandatory pre-court action procedure because it results in faster, more sustainable parenting agreements for most people.

 

A resolution has helped hundreds of Perth parents reach agreements faster and regain access to their child.

 

TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP CONTACT US ON 1300 ARESOLVE (273765) OR 08 6555 7786

Grand Parents Visitation Rights and Family Mediation

The Importance of Grand Parents and Their Visitation Rights

 

“It takes a village to raise a child”. It is essential for children to feel a part of a supportive family system, and for this to be encouraged by both parents and Grandparents. Grandparents play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren, but also as a support for the parent/s. It is often the case that grandparents become primary carers of children of separating families. Shifting from this arrangement to one where the parents become highly involved is an intricate process that must ensure the children are coping with any new change to care arrangement.

 

If your relationship with your child has broken down or if the other parent of the grandchildren refuses to let you have anything to do with your grandchildren you may be denied your ability to develop your relationship with the grandchildren.

 

If you have been the primary carer for the grandchildren and the parent returns to take the children back into their care you may also feel pushed out of the picture.

 

What are Grandparent Visitation Rights

 

Being denied visitation can be distressing. Unfortunately, Grandparents do not have an automatic right to have a relationship with a grandchild.

 

However, anyone who has an ongoing relationship with the child, or any other person who can show that they are concerned with the care, welfare or development of a child (including grandparents) may apply to the Court for Parenting Orders.

 

Can you go to Court as a Grandparent?

 

Going to court is stressful and expensive so trying to work it out yourselves should be your first strategy however, if you cannot reach an agreement by discussing it with the family you are required to attempt Family Dispute Resolution of Family Mediation before taking legal action (as directed by the Family Law Act).

 

Mediation can help parents and grandparents make decisions about how involved they can be in their children’s lives. It can be conducted so that all significant carers can be present for the mediation process.

 

 

TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP CONTACT US ON 1300 ARESOLVE (273765) OR 08 6555 7786

 

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