Family Law Mediation

January 25, 2016 – at 8:27 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Family law mediation involves using a neutral third party (“the mediator”) to help resolve family law disputes relating to any area of family law including children’s and financial matters. The mediator can assist the parties involved to identify the issues in dispute and achieve an amicable resolution. By reaching an agreement at mediation for your family law matter, you can avoid the necessity of proceeding to expensive and lengthy litigation in the Family Court.

The family law agreements made in mediation can relate to the care of children (child custody), the division of property following divorce and/or separation (property settlement), the support of a spouse (spousal maintenance), child support (child maintenance), adult child support (support of children going through university and the like), relocation (the proposed relocation of one parent to another state or country) and other areas of family law.

Parties can attend mediation either with or without legal representation. Prior to the mediation, each party is required to attend a separate intake session with the mediator. During this session, the mediator will describe the mediation process, while each party can explain what issues they consider to be in dispute.

At our Perth family law and mediation practice, our Legal Practitioner Director Shannon Bodeker is very experienced in conducting mediations. Shannon is an Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators And Mediators (AIFLAM) nationally accredited mediator and arbitrator. She has been involved in ongoing training and accreditation, and over the past few years has attended mediation and negotiation courses at the Harvard Law School.

Shannon conducts mediations at our offices in Cottesloe. Our mediations generally start at 10.00am and are scheduled for a minimum of 3 hours. However mediations can last the whole day. As a mediator Shannon charges $300 per hour including GST, that is, $150.00 an hour including GST per party.

Please note this is not legal advice. If you would like to know more about our mediations, please contact us on 9323 7711 or email us at