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What is Child Inclusive Process Mediation?

by Peter Magee on November 16, 2016

Zoe Durand

You may have heard the phrase “child inclusive process mediation” before. This may sound quite daunting as you seek to protect your children from involvement in your separation.

Child inclusive process mediation (CIP) brings the voice, views, feelings and needs of children to the forefront via child consultants who interview children as part of the mediation process. According to Jennifer … Read more

Consider Whether Mediation is Appropriate for Your Case

by Peter Magee on October 21, 2016

Peter Magee

This article is part three of a four part series which presents strategies for resolving your family law dispute in a timely way, in circumstances where many Registries of the Family Law Courts are experiencing crippling delays of over a year between filing initiating Court documents and obtaining a final hearing. This article considers why mediation may be a good … Read more

Felicity Reeman

As a family law solicitor who is currently studying to become a qualified family dispute resolution practitioner, much of my attentions are presently focused on the role that mediation has to play in family law disputes.

A family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) is an independent person who helps people who are affected by separation or divorce to resolve their parenting … Read more

What if Justice Ipp was a Family Lawyer?

by Peter Magee on May 30, 2016

Daniel Rod

Justice Ipp was a former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge, who pioneered reforms with respect to civil liability in NSW with the release of the “Review of the law of negligence”, known as the Ipp Report (“the report”).

This report later formed the basis of what is now known in New South Wales as the Civil Liability Act. The … Read more

Just sign here …

by Natasha Heathcote on December 20, 2015

Natasha Heathcote

Is it all as simple as it seems?

If you watch Winners and Losers, an Australian TV show, you might think that getting a divorce and obtaining final parenting and property Orders between you and your spouse is simply a matter of signing a few documents in the heat of the moment, like Bridget in the show.

I am … Read more

Peter Magee

Reaching an agreement about the parenting arrangements for your children can be one of the most challenging aspects of separation. Whilst some parents can agree on appropriate arrangements by themselves or with the assistance of a mediator, for other parents the help of family lawyers is required to progress negotiations. As a last resort, the Court can also be asked … Read more

Peter Magee As Adele says in her top selling song “Someone Like You”, “sometimes it lasts in love and sometimes it hurts instead.” While the solicitors at Armstrong Legal have expertise in the legal aspect of people’s separations, we understand that for clients, the emotional aspect of the separation is at least equally important. The reality is that … Read more

Collaborative law: Could it work for your divorce?

by Peter Magee on March 28, 2011

Peter MageeSeveral of our family lawyers have recently completed collaborative law training, with the rest of the Armstrong Legal family lawyers to be trained within the next few months.

Collaborative law is a new method for resolving disputes.  It is not litigation, nor is it mediation.  Rather, collaborative law involves each party having their own lawyer and the two clients and … Read more

Mediation works says the Chief Justice

by Peter Magee on February 4, 2011

Over the last three years the number of cases diverted to mediators from the NSW Supreme Court has grown by 128%.  40% of those cases were diverted to private mediators according to the Supreme Courts annual review.  Of the cases referred to mediation the overall majority relate to cases involving claims for family provision.  Justice Spigelman the Chief Justice says … Read more

A cooperative approach to separation

by Peter Magee on January 28, 2011

Separating couples looking to avoid the antagonism and costs that comes with litigation are turning to a cooperative approach to resolving their disputes.

Collaborative law is a relative new approach which involves both lawyers and parties all agreeing to attempt to resolve the dispute and avoid courts – except to formalise the final agreement reached.  The approach involves the parties … Read more