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Welcome to Ramsden Family Law – Your Trusted Partner in Family Mediation

Facing the turbulent waters of separation and divorce often leaves one feeling overwhelmed and emotionally drained.
At Ramsden Family Law, our Sydney family law mediators understand the challenges you face and are here to offer a compassionate, professional, and effective solution through family mediation. As one of Sydney’s leading family law firms, we specialise in helping families reach amicable agreements without the stress and expense of going to family court.

Our family dispute resolution practitioners bring a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the family law system, ensuring that your mediation process is handled with the utmost care and expertise. Whether you are dealing with child custody arrangements, property settlements, or financial disputes, we are dedicated to providing you with the support and guidance you need to achieve fair and lasting resolutions.
With a commitment to confidentiality, flexibility, and personalised service, Ramsden Family Law is your trusted partner in creating a positive foundation for the future. Explore our family mediation services and discover how we can help you move forward with confidence and peace of mind.

What is Family Mediation?

Family mediation, also known as family dispute resolution, is a voluntary and confidential process designed to help separated or divorced couples resolve disputes amicably with the assistance of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. The goal is to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The family dispute resolution practitioner or mediator facilitates discussions, encourages open communication, and assists both parties in reaching mutually acceptable agreements on issues such as child custody, parenting plans, property division, and financial arrangements. Unlike court proceedings, mediation is a more collaborative and less adversarial approach, focusing on finding practical solutions that work for everyone involved.

Why Choose Mediation Over Court Proceedings?


Mediation is generally much cheaper than litigation, saving you from high legal fees and court costs.


Court cases can take months or even years to resolve. Mediation sessions are typically quicker, allowing you to reach an agreement in a fraction of the time.


Mediation sessions are private and confidential, ensuring that your personal matters are not disclosed in a public forum.


Unlike court decisions, which are made by a judge, mediation allows both parties to maintain control over the outcomes and agreements.

Reduced Stress

The collaborative nature of mediation fosters a less stressful environment, ensuring your emotional and psychological health is put first post-separation relationship, especially when children are involved.

Tailored Solutions

Mediation enables personalised solutions that cater to the unique needs and circumstances of your family rather than a one-size-fits-all court ruling. Mediation is particularly effective for resolving family law disputes.

Mediation is a valuable tool for resolving various issues, including family law matters, without the need for court intervention.

Our Family Dispute Resolution Services

Comprehensive Mediation for Child Custody and Parenting Plans

At Ramsden Family Law, we understand that your children’s well-being is your top priority. Our experienced mediators specialise in helping you create detailed and workable parenting plans. These plans cover all aspects of child custody, including living arrangements, visitation schedules, education, and healthcare decisions. We ensure that the needs and best interests of your children are always at the forefront of discussions, facilitating agreements that provide stability and clarity for both parents and children. Effective mediation is crucial in preserving family relationships, amicably resolving disputes and in the best interest of the children.

Property and Financial Dispute Mediation

Dividing assets and finances after a separation can be a complex and contentious process. Our family law mediator is skilled in addressing property settlements, financial arrangements, and the division of assets, including real estate, savings, investments, and debts. We guide you through the negotiation process, helping you reach fair and equitable agreements that respect both parties’ contributions and future needs.

Domestic Violence and Safety Concerns in Mediation

Safety is paramount in all our mediation services. If domestic & family violence, child abuse, or safety concerns are present, our mediators are trained to handle such situations with utmost care and sensitivity. We offer specialised mediation sessions designed to ensure a safe environment, whether through shuttle mediation (where parties are in separate rooms) or virtual mediation. Our goal is to provide a secure setting where both parties can communicate their concerns and reach agreements without fear or intimidation.

What are the Benefits?

Experienced and Accredited Mediators

Our team comprises accredited family law mediators and arbitrators with extensive experience in family law. Their expertise ensures that your mediation process is conducted professionally and effectively, with a deep understanding of the legal and emotional complexities involved.

Compassionate and Confidential Approach

We recognise the emotional challenges that come with separation and divorce. Our mediators approach each case with compassion, providing a supportive environment where you can discuss issues openly. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of our practice, ensuring that your personal matters remain private.

Cost-Effective Solutions

Mediation with Ramsden Family Law is a cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation. We strive to resolve a family law dispute efficiently, minimising the financial burden on your family. Our transparent fee structure ensures that you know the costs upfront, with no hidden charges.

Flexible Mediation Options

Understanding that every family’s situation is unique, we offer flexible mediation options to suit your needs. Whether you prefer in-person sessions at our conveniently located offices, online mediation for ease and comfort, or shuttle mediation to address safety concerns, we accommodate your preferences to make the process as smooth as possible.

Our Mediation Process

Initial Consultation and Assessment

Your journey with Ramsden Family Law begins with a free initial consultation. During this session, our mediator will listen to your concerns, explain the mediation process, including family dispute resolution (FDR), and assess the suitability of mediation for your situation. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and understand how mediation can help you resolve your disputes amicably.

Mediation Sessions and Techniques

Our mediation sessions are structured yet flexible to address the unique needs of each family. Sessions are designed to facilitate open communication and collaborative problem-solving. Our mediators use a variety of techniques, including:

  • Joint Sessions: Both parties meet with the mediator to discuss issues together.
  • Shuttle Mediation: The mediator moves between separate rooms to help parties negotiate, ensuring safety and comfort.
  • Virtual Mediation: Online sessions are available for convenience and flexibility, especially useful for parties living in different locations.

Throughout the sessions, our mediators guide the discussion, help clarify issues, and encourage both parties to consider each other’s perspectives. The aim is to foster understanding and cooperation, leading to mutually beneficial agreements.

Creating Binding Agreements

Once an agreement is reached, our mediators can assist in drafting a formal document, such as a parenting arrangement or financial settlement. This document outlines the agreed terms in clear and precise language. Both parties review and sign the agreement, making it a binding contract. For added legal security, these agreements can be converted into consent orders, which are enforceable by the court.

Our Mediators

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd is an expert in assisting separating spouses to reach amicable agreements through mediation in Sydney. He serves as a neutral mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner, or arbitrator, working with both parties to facilitate resolution. Alternatively, he offers support to individual clients, helping them prepare for and engage in negotiations, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes.

Matthew holds accreditations as a mediator, a registered family dispute resolution practitioner, and a registered family law property arbitrator. Additionally, he is an accredited family law specialist. Matthew tailors the dispute resolution process to meet the unique needs of each client.

To learn more about Matthew Shepherd and his mediation services, availability and costs click here.

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is an accredited mediator with 30 years of experience, having assisted hundreds of clients across a diverse range of disputes. His primary specialisation lies in family law mediation and resolving other family conflicts.

Paul is recognised as an Accredited Specialist in Dispute Resolution and Family Law by the Law Society of NSW, underscoring his expertise in both mediation and family law.

Clients consistently choose Paul as their preferred mediator due to his exceptional communication and mediation skills, coupled with his extensive experience in family law. He brings a flexible approach to mediation, tailoring each process to meet the specific needs of his clients.

To learn more about Paul Lewis and his mediation services, availability and costs click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect in Family Mediation? What to Expect in Family Mediation?

Family mediation is a structured, yet flexible process designed to help you resolve disputes amicably. You can expect a safe, confidential environment where a neutral mediator facilitates discussions, helping both parties to communicate effectively and reach mutually agreeable solutions. Sessions can take place at a family relationship centre, providing a professional setting for mediation and the drafting of parenting plans.

How Long Does Mediation Take? How Long Does Mediation Take?

The duration of mediation varies depending on the complexity of the issues and the willingness of both parties to negotiate. Some disputes can be resolved in a single session which is either half day or full day, while others may require multiple sessions spread over several weeks. Our goal is to resolve matters as efficiently as possible without compromising the quality of the agreements.

What are the Costs Involved? What are the Costs Involved?

Mediation is generally more cost-effective than litigation. At Ramsden Family Law, we offer a transparent fee structure. If you are engaging our lawyers us to represent you at mediation, the initial consultation is free, and subsequent sessions are priced competitively based on hourly rates. We also offer flexible payment options to accommodate different financial situations.

If you are hiring one of our mediators to conduct a mediation, the fees are fixed. As of June 2024, the fees are $2,750 including GST for a half day mediation or $5,500 including GST for a full day mediation. This includes pre meetings and room hire.

Please contact us for a detailed fee schedule.

Find Your Peace Today

At Ramsden Family Law, our family mediation services are designed to help you resolve conflicts amicably and build a positive future for your family.

With over 30 years of experience, our team of accredited mediators and family law specialists are dedicated to providing compassionate, effective, and personalised support. We understand the emotional and legal complexities of family disputes and are committed to guiding you through the mediation process with professionalism and care.

Find a peaceful resolution today by scheduling your free initial consultation with us.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you achieve fair and lasting agreements.

Why Choose Us

Specialist Team

Specialist Team

Our team of 12 family lawyers only practice family and divorce law so we know what we are doing.

Our <br>Fees


We can offer fixed fees for certain work, payment plans and are up front with our fee estimates.

Quick Turnaround

Quick Turnaround

Our extensive support team ensures each lawyer’s file load does not compromise their efficiency.

Resolution Focused

Resolution Focused

Our experienced lawyers will explore all options to resolve your case without court intervention if possible.