Courtney Barton is a Nationally Accredited Family Mediator and Family Dispute Practitioner to parties who need some legal assistance in resolving their child custody and property settlement disputes. What makes us stand out? We do our best to assist parties in reaching an agreement to avoid the financial and emotional costs of litigation. With more than 14 years of experience in family law, negotiations, family mediation, and alternative dispute resolution, we want to be your first point of call during your toughest times.
We offer Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution to parties who need assistance to resolve their child custody and property settlement disputes and want to avoid the financial and emotional costs of litigation.
If you’re looking for a family law mediator that offers empathy, understanding, and compassion during family mediation, get in touch with Barton Family Lawyers on 3465 9332 today or through our online form. We’re here, and we care.
Family Law Mediation Brisbane
In Australia, divorce can be a legal puzzle – this is because it’s far from straight forward, encompassing property settlement, parenting agreements, child support, and spousal maintenance. Our mission is to assist both parties in reaching a resolution, without the need of court intervention.
The Benefits of Using a Family Law Mediator
Keeps Your Situation Private & Confidential
Mediation is a more private and confidential approach, allowing you and the other party to feel a lot more comfortable that everything being discussed in the mediation remains confidential, and is not discussed with others or used against you in court should an agreement not be reached.
Mediation is Cost Saving
Let’s be honest, courts are expensive. The initial stages alone can cost you upwards of $10,000 – this is before even reaching a trial. Successful mediation either narrow the issues and lowers time spent in court or eliminate the need for court completely. That money that would otherwise be spent, can be better focused on your children, or post separation re-establishment expenses.
At Barton Family Lawyers, we offer fixed fees for all our family law mediation Brisbane wide.
Mediation Solves Issues Quicker
In recent times, there have been significant delays within the family court system, with some matters taking around three (3) years before even reaching trial. Thankfully, with mediation, and the trust of an FDR practitioner, you don’t have to experience this long, drawn out processes. We prioritise your situation.
Mutually Beneficial, Certain & Predictable Resolution
To be frank, no one really ‘wins’ when it comes to the family court system. There are, however, an abundance of losses both financially and emotionally. Not to mention, what you think is fair may be completely different in the eyes of the courts. The outcome is then handed to you by a third party, and is not chosen by you, or the other parties. Mediation offers participating parties control over the outcome, along with finding a win/win solution.
Mediation Helps Protect Children from Conflict Exposure
Mediation allows separating parents to keep their children away from the separation conflict and minimises the impact that the separation may have upon them. This is different when its commenced through the courts, with children being exposed to constant conflict, along with other underlying issues. When it comes to family mediation, we do our part to protect children from this sort of exposure.
Family Mediation with Barton Family Lawyers
Are you ready to take that next progressive step? We’re here for you. Give our Brisbane family lawyer Mediator a call on 3465 9332 to discuss our family court mediation services or reach out to our office via our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is mediation?
Mediation is where an independent, neutral third party helps the parties to negotiate an agreement about the issues in conflict.
What is the role of the family Mediator?
A family mediator is a neutral party. The Mediator’s job is to assist each of you in the negotiation process by meeting with both of you, identifying the issues, the common ground and then exploring those issues.
What happens during family mediation?
At the mediation, you will each meet at the same location or sometimes you may be separated into different rooms. More recently we have been doing most of our mediations by zoom, in which case it is more common for the parties to remain separate for the entirety of the mediation process. Over the course of the day, the family mediator will speak to each of you and your solicitor (if present) about your respective positions and interests. Where invited to do so, the family Mediator may express a view based on their experience and this may include reality testing your position at times in terms of your prospects of success if litigation is necessary at a later stage. However, the family mediator remains at all times independent. Their role is to assist each of you communicate more effectively and to negotiate a compromise that is of each party’s choosing.
The goal is to end the day with a compromise agreement that you each can live with that resolves all or some of the issues in dispute.
Can mediation be done without me seeing my ex partner? Can I mediate by zoom?
Yes. Our mediations can be undertaken both in person at a location of your choice or by zoom, depending on both parties preferences.
We have had a very positive experience with the utilisation of zoom mediations since covid-19 and it is our preferred method of mediation. In our experience, having the mediation occur by zoom reduces the stress and anxiety parties feel through participation in mediation and the legal process.
Zoom mediations have particular value in maximising the prospects of resolution of all issues where there is significant conflict between the parties, where there is a power imbalance and where there are allegations of family violence.
When is family mediation appropriate? Is Mediation compulsory?
Whilst some matters need to be litigated in the family courts because of the nature of the intractable dispute, most matters are amiable to alternate dispute resolution through a process called mediation.
In parenting and property matters, mediation is a prerequisite before a court application can be filed (except where certain exceptions apply). If mediation does not occur between the parties before court proceedings are filed, you must substantiate to the Court the exception that you say applies which exempts you from participating in mediation and what other genuine steps you have taken to settle the matter, prior to the commencement of court proceedings.
Click below to read about the pre-action procedures for parenting cases and property settlement cases and the limits exceptions when mediation is not compulsory before filing a court application:
In both parenting and property matters, the parties will generally be required to attempt to settle their issues through mediation, prior to the matter being set down for Trial.
You can make life easier by participating in a mediation, without going to Court.
Why mediate? In 9/10 cases, Mediation is the best and most appropriate way to resolve your family law issues quickly and cost effectively.
What if we reach an agreement at mediation?
The agreement, in a parenting matter, when signed becomes a Parenting Plan.
If you have reached an agreement with your former partner at the mediation and you seek to make your (property settlement or parenting) agreement legally binding, you will need to seek legal advice from an experienced family lawyer in order to have you agreement made into a Consent Order, which can then be rubber stamped by the court and it then becomes legally binding.
Why Mediate? – it is a win win solution
Do you want to have control over your decision? Do you want a quicker, less costly outcome that you choose and have ownership of?
Mediation is the way to go.
If you are wanting more information about the process of mediation or to initiate the process and book your mediation intake appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For more information about our Brisbane Family Mediator, click the link to read our mediation brochure.
What are the costs of your Brisbane family mediation services?
Court is expensive. It costs between $8,000 and $10,000 just up to and including your first court date and court costs can end up escalating above $100,000 by the time your matter reaches a trial.
No one ever ‘wins’ in the family court system. There are however many losers, due to the financial and emotional costs associated with going to court. Further, what you believe you believe is fair and what a court will order are not always one and the same. The outcome is handed to you by a third party and often parties walk away with an outcome that neither of them are happy with.
A successful mediation will result in an agreement that everyone can live with and an outcome that you have control over.
By choosing Mediation over court you have so much to gain and nothing to lose.
We offer fixed fees for all Barton Family Mediation Services Brisbane.
Courtney’s Mediation Fees are set out in the following brochure.
What is the process for mediation in parenting disputes?
Parenting disputes are often the most emotively charged and involve difficult issues, but they are the area which is most important to address as quickly as possible after separation. When children are involved in parental conflict, this can have significant negative impacts on your children, physically and psychologically. The quicker you resolve matters relating to your children’s living arrangements and work towards a cooperative post separation parenting relationship with your former partner, the better for all involved, particularly the children.
In children’s matters there is a procedure we are required to follow with respect to mediation, as set out in the Family Law Act and Regulations, the National Mediation Standards and the Queensland Law Society Rules.
This process must be complied with in all mediations we conduct.
The process is as follows:
- An intake appointment is done with the inviting party;
- If Mediation is assessed as appropriate, an invitation is sent to the other party to attend mediation in writing (by post/email) and by telephone;
- The invitation is followed up by a telephone call within the next few days;
- If the invitation to attend mediation is refused, a section 60I certificate may be issued where appropriate as guided by the Family Law Act and Regulations;
- If the invitation is accepted a mediation is arranged. Mediation can be arranged by the parties or their lawyers at a neutral venue such as the Queensland Law Society or North Brisbane Mediation Rooms at the cost of the parties.
I have other questions. What other resources are available in relation to mediation?
For more information, please check out the following articles:
- Admissibility of admissions at mediation in court proceedings;
- Do I have to mediate before Court? The exemptions explained;
- Mediation – is it worth it;
Meet your Conflict Resolution Specialist
Courtney Barton is a Brisbane based Nationally Accredited Family Mediator, Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and owner of Barton Family Lawyers. Contact the Brisbane Family Mediator to schedule your mediation in for reasonable fixed fees.
Our Family Mediation Services Brisbane can be arranged at a location of your convenience or by zoom. Contact us for more details on our mediation services.
With over 10 years of experience as a family lawyer and conflict resolution specialist, Courtney will help you to resolve your parenting and property settlement dispute in a quick and cost effective manner, thereby protecting you from the harmful emotional and financial impacts of litigation. Check out our reviews from happy clients who have utilised Courtney’s services before, both as a lawyer, and a mediator.
Courtney’s number one piece of advice to parties going through separation is to be proactive, not reactive in dealing with family law issues following separation.
Courtney says “The biggest mistake I see being made is that people sometimes wait for months and even years following separation to seek family law advice and to engage in dispute resolution and they often do so after a climactic event which has caused them emotional or financial stress.”
Contact Courtney now and book your mediation intake appointment for your property settlement or parenting dispute and we will arrange an invitation to be sent to the other party within twenty-four (24) hours of your appointment. By choosing Mediation over court you have so much to gain and nothing to lose. You will be given an invaluable opportunity to reach an agreement that you have control over, rather than one that is imposed upon you, and you will avoid the emotional, financial and time costs, that litigation entails.
Courney is the only person I would call if I ever had any legal issues. Her help, knowledge and experience had helped tremendously through the rough times during my children and property court battle. I highly recommend Barton Family Lawyers!
Found Courtney and George not only to be very professional but also very caring and courteous and I would strongly recommend using their services to family and friends if ever needed.
Courtney is a master at her profession.She promised me she would get my power back ,and she delivered.She is a balance of great empathy and fights for you all the way ,the outcome was exactly what i needed.I highly recommend her and her amazing team,to get you the outcome you want.
I had Cortney help me with my family court matter. I couldnt have asked for a better team. From the start the care and understanding from the whole team at Barton was outstanding. I will be forever grateful for the outcome. If you are after a awesome family lawyer look no further. The photo never would have been possible without Courtney and her team. Thank you
Thank you to Courtney and the Barton team for guiding me through a difficult and confusing separation process. Barton Family Lawyers kept me updated, acted immediately on my questions and instructions and most importantly put my best interests forward at all times.
There really is no way to put a price on the stress relief Barton’s exceptional service, understanding and drive for results brings.
Highly recommended if you want the work done right, first time.
Courtney and her team have gone above and beyond for myself and children. I’m so appreciative of them fighting for what was fair for myself and children.
Courtney knows how to deal with narcissistic behaviour and she had given me support and guidance through this traumatic experience.
Courtney is open with you and honest. Every email she sends or receives comes back to you and she will let you know what is important or not. They helped me through the process with detailed billing.
I could not have found anyone better to deal with my difficult separation than Barton family firm.
Everyone in the team I can’t say how grateful I am to everyone who work on my case. Thank you is not big enough. But I am thankful.
So far so good Chris, Rachel and the team at Barton Family Law, have been a exceptionally patient & helpful with my somewhat difficult case. As a veteran things can be quite complicated with regards to family matters. Would highly recommend 🙂
Barton Family Lawyers, or the ‘Dream Team’ as I like to call them. I cannot recommend Courtney, George and the team at Barton Family Law highly enough.
The last couple of years have been the worst experience of my life, but I was backed and supported 100 percent by the whole team at BFL. Nothing was ever an issue, me asking thousands of questions, me emailing stacks of questions, me crying on the phone was never an issue. I had nothing but support and expert advice the whole way through.
I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without everything Barton Family Lawyers did for me. Courtney, George, Tenayah, Ellie, Alice, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. The whole team got me the absolute best results and I will forever be thankful.
To the queen of her team, Courtney, thank you. Thank you for absolutely everything. From day one you have been right at my side and have made me stand up and fight for what is right. You have given me back my power and I can never thank you enough for it all. You have been my voice when I wasn’t able to speak and have fought for me the whole way though.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I will scream the praise of you and your team to anyone who will listen.
To whom it may concern,
Ellie Prior and Barton Family Law were great to work with during a difficult time. Separations are tough, but Ellie consistently kept her cool and remained positive. Ms Prior offered timely expert advice/options for each circumstance throughout the proceedings.
Gladly, an agreement was reached that both sides were comfortable with. My family’s future is bright and I appreciate Ellie’s hard work.
Lawyers are expensive… Although, I am preferential to the Barton Family Law billing process. IMO Barton’s billing is superior to the law firm I was previously engaged with. Basically, Barton Family Law quote in stages for their work and don’t hit you with surprise extra charges. Three times money was left over in trust to be used for the next stage in court. My feeling throughout the proceedings was that Barton’s billing was fair.
Separations are stressful, Ellie and the Barton Family Law crew helped to make it as painless as possible.
Thanks Ellie, Courtney and the Barton Crew.
Amazing, amazing people, amazing location, just amazing everything
Thank you Courtney for your excellent service. Amazing professionalism & so efficient also showing compassion & understanding..the BEST in her field & I was so fortunate to have her support & advice…highly recommend.
Courtney and her team have been terrific in assisting me with my matter. Excellent communication, swift action and a very professional service – I highly recommend Barton Family Lawyers.
I can’t thank Courtney enough for her dedication to achieving not only the best outcome for me but also what is fair and right.
My children and I are forever grateful.
The team at Barton Family Lawyers went above and beyond to enable a property settlement which enable me to move forward with my life. I highly recommend Courtney and the team for all your family law needs.
With experience and know how far beyond her years. I cannot thank or recommend anyone any higher than Courtney.
Having worked with many lawyers over the past 10 years she not only did the legal work to its absolute finest but more importantly she got my daughter back in my life at a time when at one stage I had given up hope.
She is such an authentic person & while she won’t sugar coat anything she is someone you want in your corner.
I highly recommend Courtney Barton, of Barton Family lawyers, for matters including domestic violence and property settlement. The legal system is very traumatising for domestic violence victims and Courtney helped me navigate this, with empathy and her extensive knowledge of the legal system. Courtney clearly explained the process and my options. Courtney helped enable me to successfully seek a domestic violence protection order, and a favourable property settlement outcome.
Divorce is never an easy journey for any individual regardless of their background, occupation or gender. Particularly so, as emotions are running high, all logic flies out the door and extreme frustration looms over one’s mind making it impossible to make a rational decisions. In a such volatile journey, having the right legal partner makes all the difference. Barton Family Lawyers have helped me keep my emotions at bay and enabled me focus on the issues at hand with a rational mind and thereby allowing me to reach a good result in my property settlement and my divorce.
I was not just a mere client but a lawyer (who practised a different area of law) myself and therefore questioned, examined thoroughly every advice and process Barton Family Lawyers gave and undertook in the family court. I wanted a lawyer who would strongly advocate for me, communicate my arguments/issues with the court and the other side like I would have if I was to defend myself. Barton Family Lawyers did exactly that. They exceeded my expectations and advocated for me so strongly in court or whilst communicating with the other side, but most of all, took all reasonable endeavours to enable me to reach my desired result. I strongly recommend Barton Family Lawyers to anyone who is looking a lawyer that is worth every dollar, produces outstanding quality work and wishes to feel the same vindication I felt through this journey.
From the moment we met Courtney we knew she meant business and that’s exactly how she performed right from start to finish.
She totally exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend her.
Thanks so much Courtney. A job well done and thanks to you a five year old has been reunited with his family
Courtney and her team are nothing short of amazing. Prior to and on the day of our case, the level of organisation and professionalism that was shown was incredible. We got the result we were after and I would recommend Courtney and her team to anyone. ThankYou again to the Barton Family Law team!
Excellent law practice. Courtney is amazing and the support staff are second to none. Very happy with their conduct of my matter and with the result. Highly recommended
I highly recommend Courtney and her team. I was amazed at their response time and their professionalism. They helped my daughter to navigate through a very difficult settlement, giving expert advice and making her feel at ease. There were tight turn around times and they not only met those timeframes but exceeded our expectations. Thank you Courtney, George and Tenayah, you are all amazing.
I highly recommend Courtney for child matters. She is highly professional, very responsive and efficient. Her knowledge and experience with Family Law helped to achieve the best possible outcome for my daughter. I couldn’t have gotten through this difficult time without her honest approach to working with me as a client.
I highly recommend Barton Family Lawyers, Courtney is an amazing lawyer coupled with high level professionalism, empathic and efficient it is an unbeatable combination. She is able to handle any client’s emotional response with calm and confidence, I would not have been able to cope without her direct honest approach. The bonus is that Barton Family Lawyers are fixed fee and very clear so you know where you are a each stage. No surprises at the end and always available. Thank you so much.
Courtney was amazing from our first meeting. The fixed fees are great as you know what you are in for cost wise. She was super organised and and professional and got me a great outcome in the end. A big thank you to both Courtney and George for all your hard work.
Courtney and her team are nothing short of absolutely astounding. Courtney recently represented my partner through an absolutely awfully vindictive and horrid domestic violence and property matter with very very short notice coming up to a court judgment.
Courtney and her team were extremely thorough, fast to respond and spoke from the heart of exactly how my partner was wanting things to be put across.
I’m not sure where we would be without Barton Law, you guys are incredible!