coastal lawyers family lawyers

Coastal Lawyers Family Law mediation preparation session

coastal lawyers

Mediation Preparation Sessions:

At Coastal Lawyers we are “Team Mediation”.

Mediation can save clients money.

Mediation can save years of heart ache and stress by avoiding the court system.

Mediation can help preserve co-parenting relationships so that parents can get back to their most important role of guiding little (and big) humans on their journey.

But like anything. You get out what you put in and unfortunately, not all mediations are created equally.

We have had clients who come to us, saying “mediation doesn’t work” or “I have tried mediation 4 times before” and I know it won’t work. With the right guidance, advice, and preparation, we have been able to successfully resolve these client’s matters by way of mediation. Has it been easy? No. Has it been without compromise and some reality testing of each party’s proposals? Of course not. But at the end of the day what it has done is moved clients on from the land of limbo and not knowing where they stand in respect of their property rights, financial situation and/or parenting positions.

That is why preparation for your mediation is crucial for your success. This is why we have also developed our mediation preparation sessions. We offer these for parenting, property, or both.

Property Mediation Preparation Session: $440 (including GST)

During our 90-minute session (which can be done via zoom, face to face or at our boutique offices at Gosford) we will prepare you for your upcoming property mediation. Including

  1. The Law.
  2. The Balance Sheet
  3. The Mindset
  4. The options for documenting an agreement.

The law:

Knowing the law and your rights and responsibilities under the legislation is powerful.

When you know where you stand legally, you then understand if what you are asking for at mediation is reasonable or not.

We will explain it to you in plain English.

  • What are your pre-action procedure rights and responsibilities in respect of disclosure?
  • The four-step process to property settlement.
  • How are contributions considered (initial, financial, and non-financial)?
  • How are adjustments made for future needs?
  • What about add-backs?
  • The homemaker role and how it should be considered.
  • Issues of inheritances, businesses, family violence and wastage as relevant to your unique case.
  • What about superannuation? Do you really get half?
  • Valuations and when do you need one.

The Balance Sheet:

A balance sheet is really the starting point to any successful mediation.

You need to know the value of your assets, liabilities, superannuation, and any add-backs before you can start to mediation as to how to divide that asset pool.

You will come away with a document that you can finalise before your mediation and take as a starting point for discussions.


The mindset:

A successful and positive mediation requires the right mindset and knowing what to expect.

During our Mediation Preparation Session, we will explain to you

  • How mediation works.
  • What to expect at mediation?
  • The link between positive communication and a positive mediation outcome.
  • How you can be polite but still advocate for yourself
  • How to negotiate with your former partner and advocate for yourself at mediation.


The Options for drafting an Agreement:

We will explain to you the different options for formalising your property settlement as well as the pros and cons for each including:

  • Informal settlements
  • Consent Orders
  • Financial Agreements


How to book your Mediation Preparation Session:

  • You can book your Mediation Preparation Session online.
  • Payment by way of credit card or bank deposit is required within 24 hours of your booking.
  • If you don’t see a date available, give our office a call and if it is urgent then we will find a way to fit you in before your mediation date.

 How do I book a call?

You can book a Mediation Preparation Session on a date and time that suits.

Simply, choose the option which best suits your current situation.

If you need an urgent appointment, then give our offices a call on 1300 271 289 or email us at and we will do our best to fit you in urgently before your mediation.


Book a free 15 minute discovery call

Speak with a lawyer and find out how we can help.

Book a Mediation Preparation

Book a 90 minute Session- $440

What do our clients have to say?

Did you know we have over 50 verified 5-star reviews on Law Connect?

We pride ourselves on our positive relationships with our clients and are so humbled by each and everyone who have taken the time to share their experience with Coastal Lawyers.

See what our clients have to say about their experience with Coastal Lawyers

Coastal Lawyers Central Coast Lawyers

People generally don’t come to lawyers for criminal law and family law advice in celebration. (That’s okay we don’t take it personally).

But talking to a lawyer doesn’t need to be overwhelming or scary. We just happen to know a lot about a particular topic, in this case the law and how it effects you.

At Coastal Lawyers, we give our client’s frank and practical legal advice. We are human’s, parents and spouses too. We bring our life experience to our role as legal advisers and advocates.

We offer a judgement free and confidential space where you can discuss your legal problems, have your legal questions answered and make informed decisions about your unique situation.

Our clients are busy people who are often juggling work and families. This is why we use technology to make the process of getting legal advice simple and convenient.

We use phone and video calls to regularly keep our clients updated. As well as face to face appointments at our Gosford offices when required.

We also use the latest legal technology including online bookings and payment options. Email and text messages to remind clients about their upcoming appointments and court dates. As well as a secure client portal so clients can conveniently view court documents and correspondence.

Early legal advice is often crucial to the success of your matter.  

Areas of Law

Criminal Law

We are experienced and confident advocates who have appeared before the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Courts of New South Wales.

If you have been charged by police with a criminal offence then early legal advice is often crucial to the success of your case.

Coastal Lawyers undertake Legal Aid work for eligible clients.

Traffic Law

We understand that losing your licence can have a huge impact on families.

If you have received an infringement notice, are worried about your licence or have been charged with a more serious traffic offence, we can provide you with legal advice and representation at court.

We offer fixed fees for all traffic law matters.

Family Law

We are empathetic family lawyers whose main focus is ensuring that children are not caught up in conflict and that parents can positively co-parent long after their separation.

We can guide you through all aspects of the often challenging family law process. From divorce through to negotiating property settlements and parenting arrangements. We offer deferred fees for eligible family law clients.

Why Us?

Coastal Laweyrs Central Coast family lawyers


Coastal Lawyers have over 20 years of combined experience in law and investigations.
coastal lawyers family lawyers


Coastal Lawyers are heart centred and solution focussed lawyers.


Coastal Lawyers offer fixed fees for most matters and cost certainty for all matters.
coastal lawyers family lawyers


We offer frank and honest advice to our clients, including clearly setting out the costs involved in each step.
coastal lawyers family lawyers


At Coastal Lawyers we embrace all new law technology including online bookings and payments and payment plans.
Online lawyer Central Coast


We have offices conveniently located at Gosford and offer video calls depending on our clients needs.

“You can google your way through or you can speak with an expert from the beginning. Early legal advice is crucial to the success of your case”

– Coastal Lawyers


Book a free 15 minute discovery call

Speak with a lawyer and find out how we can help.

Book a Strategy Session

Book a 1-hour strategy session- $330.

Coastal Lawyers- Blog

Thoughts and musings on law and life from the Coastal Lawyers team.