Your Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner: Tahlia Bleier
Tahlia Bleier, our Solicitor Director, is a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). She is Member of AIFLAM, the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, and have been working nearly exclusively in the area of family law for 8 years.
Drawing on personal and professional experience, Tahlia understands the gravity and importance of decisions families make when two parents separate, both as they relate to parenting and financial matters. As a mediator, Tahlia strives to provide her clients with a high level of commitment and care, acknowledging that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in family law. Every family is unique and requires a tailored solution for them, which starts with the selection of the right mediator.
Tahlia approaches every mediation with a fresh, careful and measured philosophy, allowing time for pre-mediation sessions where required. Tahlia understands the true cost to parties of litigation and leverages this reality throughout the mediation process to encourage the resolution of matters.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that provides parents/parties an opportunity to take, and maintain control, of how their family law matter is resolved. Mediation can take place in both parenting and property matters.
A mediation is facilitated by a qualified professional who is experienced and able to assist parents to negotiate an acceptable outcome to their dispute, without the need of the further intervention of lawyers and the court system.
The mediator is a neutral third party, who does not take the side of either party, during the mediation.
Mediation is a confidential process, which means that what is said, offered and discussed in mediation cannot be repeated and used during any possible court proceedings, if the mediation is not successful. The mediator will also take all required precautions in order to ensure that parties feel safe and secure during the mediation.
What is Family Dispute Resolution?
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is very similar to mediation, however always occurs prior to the commencement of Family Law proceedings in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. Generally, FDR will relate to parenting matters specifically, as qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners can issue the parties a Section 60I Certificate at the conclusion of the FDR event, which is a compulsory document that must be filed when any parenting proceedings are commenced.
Often the terms ‘mediation’ and ‘FDR’ are used interchangeably in the family law space.
It is important you check when booking your mediation/FDR whether or not the mediator will be able to issue you with a Section 60I Certificate if the FDR is not successful. Not all mediators will be able to issue you with a Section 60I Certificate.
Tahlia Bleier is a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and will be able to issue you or your client with a Section 60I certificate in the unfortunate circumstance where the FDR event is not successful.
- Full Day Mediation/FDRP (in person or online) – $3,750 + GST
- Half Day Mediation/FDRP (in person or online) – $2,500 + GST
- Intake Session/Issue of Section 60I Certificate (if not suitable to proceed to FDR) – $600 + GST
All mediation/FDR packages include an intake session with each party, the reading of position papers and other relevant documents, and the issue of a Section 60I Certificate if required.
Venue hire can be arranged at the cost of the Parties where required.