connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Legally-assisted property mediation

Helping separated couples resolve property disputes with the assistance of lawyers.

What is legally-assisted property mediation?

You can participate in property mediation and negotiate a settlement without the support of your lawyer, however many people find that having a lawyer attend the mediation can be very helpful. When you participate in property mediation and negotiate a settlement with your lawyer present to provide legal support, it is called legally-assisted property mediation.

Why use legally-assisted property mediation?

Settling a property dispute through court litigation can be a challenging process. There are often extensive legal costs, long waits to reach court and significant stress and anxiety around the potential outcomes and process of going to court.

Legally-assisted property mediation is often a quicker, more affordable alternative to litigation. It is:

  • Cost-effective: fees are set so you know how much it will cost
  • Timely: for most clients, property mediation can be completed quickly
  • Professional: our mediators are qualified, experienced and impartial
  • Supportive: Lawyers can assist by clarifying details, drafting agreements, helping to prepare and exchange information and documents, and providing advice.

In most property cases filed in the family law courts, a settlement is negotiated before the case goes to trial. This means that the two people agree to a settlement before a judge is needed to make a decision. Mediation can help couples to reach an agreement earlier in the process and without starting court proceedings.

Before mediation begins, you and your former partner each attend an individual assessment to make sure that property mediation is appropriate.

How long does it take?

The process and length of legally-assisted property mediation varies according to your circumstances. It is usually completed in one session, which lasts approximately three hours.

How much does legally-assisted property mediation cost?

Each client is responsible for payment of his or her own lawyer's fees.

  • Individual assessment: $300 per person.
  • Property mediation: flat fee of $2000 per couple.

Our mediators

RAV's legally-assisted property mediation service uses legally-qualified family dispute resolution practitioners for the mediation sessions. All these mediators are impartial and have extensive experience in mediating property and financial disputes.

Find out more

Contact us to learn about this legally-assisted property mediation and discuss whether the service can help you.