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Family Matters Supports

Drafters of new laws should carefully scrutinize any proposed articles providing for mediation in cases that may involve domestic violence. Throughout the world, women may be offered or required to participate in mediation with their intimate partner when pursuing a divorce or as an alternative to prosecution of domestic violence. Mediation may also be offered or required when the parties to a divorce are ordered to resolve child custody disputes. However, such provisions have long been shown to be problematic and dangerous for domestic violence victims.

Mediation generally involves the use of a neutral third party to facilitate an agreement between two parties. The responsibility to reach agreement rests with the parties themselves. One of the goals of mediation is to bypass an over scheduled judicial system with a quick, low-cost alternative. However, the assumptions underlying the use of mediation do not apply when there has been domestic violence.

Mediation of family law cases is mandated by statute or court rule in many jurisdictions in the Australia. Issues that may be mediated include custody disputes, visitation problems, and questions of property settlement. One risk is that both the process of mediation and the outcome are often not adequately reviewed by family court systems.

What we provide:

  • Awareness of avoidance of family violence
  • Education of happy and peaceful family
  • Mediation and Support for family