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A Mum and Dad had been in and out of Family Court since 2009. The children had been to many appointments with experts for the purpose of court evidence. Mum had sole parental responsibility and refused to involve father in decisions regarding children. The judge noted the enormous financial and emotional costs of this 10...
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I’ve just finished reading A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown (Bantam Books, 2006). When the author was 11 years old, she discovered her mother dead. Within days, she also discovered that the man she loved and called Daddy was, in fact, her stepfather. Upon hearing of the death of the mother of his children,...
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Hi, I’m Tess, the owner of Argyll FDRP, and here’s my story. My path to becoming a mediator begins about a quarter of a century ago when I separated from my husband with whom I share two children. These were the days before the internet and so it was hard to find information. I learned...
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What’s said in mediation stays in mediation A few years ago, two parents appeared in a Family Court case and consented to what they had said in mediation being disclosed in court. The magistrate issued a subpoena for the mediation records. The organisation that provided the mediation services to the parents appealed the magistrate’s subpoena...
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Get your Child Support and mediation sorted at the same time.Tess from Argyll has experience working for Child Support as a decision maker for reviews of CS assessments. Recently, Tess mediated with a Mum and Dad who both had children to former partners and also have children to each other. They said their experience with...
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In a recent Family Law case, a mother was permitted to relocate from Sydney to Perth with the child. The father opposed the relocation on the basis that it will adversely impact his meaningful relationship with the child – the Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) does not support the relocation – the child has a close...
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Here’s a summary of a recent case in the Family Court: The child lives with the mother, and, up until the hearing, spent supervised time with the father. The father sought an order for unsupervised time.  The father had spent approximately 21 hours of supervised time with the child without any major difficulties.  The Family Report...
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Some more feedback: Thanks for your great work on the facilitation. I feel you managed things well.  Lismore, Gold Coast and Brisbane
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Here’s yesterday’s feedback from a client: “thanks for your help Tess. I wish I had contacted you long before.” The ongoing conflict is affecting the children and the parents. Mediation has helped to reality check her expectations on how Family Law works in Australia. Mediators are impartial facilitators. During this facilitation process, mediators can explore...
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The nexus of mental illness, relationship difficulties and homelessness is borne out in research. Older women are the fastest growing demographic in homelessness statistics. Mediation can address issues before they reach catastrophic results. Tess from Argyll FDRP attended the Annual Mental Health Issues conference on Thursday and Friday. We have a lot of work to...
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