ADR. Alternate Dispute Resolution.Family Law Barristers Queensland & Northern NSW

Bruce Thiele, is a family law barrister with over a decade of experience.

A significant proportion of Bruce's practice involves mediating family law disputes as an AIFLAM approved mediator and arbitrator as well as being a registered Family Law Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

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Family Dispute Resolution

As well as offering mediation services to assist resolve disputes, we will also assist parties on an interim basis.

Interim arrangements with a planned review in 3 months can offer better outcomes for parents whilst they are otherwise coming to terms with the breakdown of their relationship.

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As a neutral mediator we help clients settle their disputes. Mediation is about helping clients find their own result.

Mediators may provide guidance about possible court outcomes and help clients understand that a compromise before court can be mutally benefical for all parties.

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If mediation or other forms of negotiation fail and the cost and delay in obtaining a Court decision are daunting - have you considered arbitration?

As an AIFLAM registered family law arbitrator we can provide an arbitral award where the parties wish to privately arbitrate their dispute or have requested the Court to refer their dispute to arbitration.

Find out why arbitration is right for your client

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Family Law Pathways Bundaberg Presentation

Speaking at 7:30 a.m. on a Thursday about Practice Direction 2 of 2017 might appear like a disaster waiting to happen particularly during a regional trial week and with a Federal Circuit Judge and State Magistrate in attendance along with several senior family lawyers and a selection of local family law stakeholders. Particularly when my usual crutch – the PowerPoint – was not available.

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Dissecting the Merger Bill

The last 12 months have seen a litany of changes proposed or introduced into the family law system none more significant than the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018. Introduced into Federal Parliament on 23 August 2018, the Bill is currently before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for report back to the Senate by 28 September 2018 (delayed to 23 November 2018). The debate about the bill has been extensive and public with exchanges between the Commonwealth Attorney General, Judges and representative associations of solicitors, barristers and the Family Law Section. But what does the Bill actually contain? Here is my attempt to dissect the Bill.

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First Appearances - Tips From Justice Murphy

Family law practitioners have experienced significant changes during 2018. With the introduction of PD 2 of 2017 in the Federal Circuit Court, the pilot project in the Brisbane Registry of the FCC and many more recent legislative amendments passed and proposed, never has the need for pragmatic, precise and professional advocacy been more important. No more so than during interim applications. Recently, in Matenson, Justice Murphy of the Full Court of the Family Court provided some helpful hints and recommendations in order to assist judges sitting in busy duty lists.

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