• Commercial Law

    Commercial Law

    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


Mediation shines as a beacon of hope amidst often emotionally charged disputes. In an effort to foster amicable resolutions and prioritize the best interests of children, mediation plays a pivotal role.

This article delves into the intricacies of the mediation process within the context of Australian family law, highlighting its significance, procedures, and potential outcomes.

The Mediation Process: What can I expect?

  1. Initiation: Mediation can be initiated by either party or even ordered by the Court. It involves the appointment of a neutral and trained mediator who acts as a facilitator, guiding the discussions and ensuring a productive atmosphere.
  2. Preliminary Discussions: During the preliminary stages, the mediator establishes the ground rules and sets the tone for respectful and open dialogue. They explain the mediation process, its goals, and the importance of finding mutually agreeable solutions.
  3. Information Gathering: Each party presents their side of the story, highlighting their concerns, desires, and potential solutions. This phase helps to identify common ground and areas of contention.
  4. Joint Discussions: With the mediator’s guidance, the parties engage in joint discussions, addressing the issues at hand. These discussions often involve brainstorming and exploring various options for resolution.
  5. Private Sessions: The mediator conducts private sessions (also known as “caucuses”) with each party individually. This allows parties to share confidential information, express their concerns, and explore potential compromises without confrontation.
  6. Negotiation and Agreement: Throughout the mediation process, parties are encouraged to find middle ground and work towards a consensus. The mediator assists in formulating agreements that are fair and practical, ensuring they align with the best interests of the child.
  7. Agreement Drafting: Once an agreement is reached, the lawyers draft a written document outlining the terms of the agreement. This document can be referred to in the future if needed and may be incorporated into formal legal orders if required.

Potential Outcomes of Mediation – What can happen?

Mediation can lead to a range of outcomes, depending on your willingness to cooperate and the complexity of the issues. These outcomes may include:

  1. Agreement: You reach a comprehensive agreement that addresses your concerns, outlining parenting arrangements, financial matters, and other pertinent issues.
  2. Partial Agreement: While not all issues may be resolved, you can still come to agreements on certain aspects, which can help reduce the scope of disputes to be resolved through other means.
  3. Improved Communication: Even if a complete agreement is not reached, mediation often improves communication between you and your former partner, paving the way for more productive interactions in the future.
  4. Future Reference: Agreements reached during mediation can serve as reference points for future disputes or changes in circumstances.


By providing a platform for open dialogue, understanding, and compromise, mediation empowers you to shape your own outcomes and stay in control of your future, rather than having a Court determine it for it.

If you would like to talk about mediation and how it could best serve you, contact our Family Law Partner, Nicci Bilinsky for a confidential chat on (03) 9481 2000 or info@tauruslawyers.com.au

Posted by Taurus Legal Management