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TRAILBLAZER clients by assessing whether the program is suitable for them. They do this by considering relationship dynamics to identify potential child-protection, violence and mental-health issues, or other risk factors that may impact on their capacity to complete the process. We provide our clients with this support, but also help them understand their rights and entitlements, their borrowing capacity and overall financial position before they mediate.

Helping hand Lawyer Marie Fedorov aims to minimise the pain when it’s time to move on

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS? Once mediation takes place and they negotiate an agreement, we draft the documents they need on the same day, to make their agreement binding as soon as possible.

MARIE FEDOROV, director Fedorov Family Lawyers and Family Mediation Station

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? All up, $3000 per person.

WHAT’S NEW WITH YOU? We’ve just physically brought our Divorce in a Day program (from the Gold Coast) to Brisbane. We had such strong interest from people wanting our help, we decided to open a new office. We are in Turbot St, next to the Family Law Court. HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? I started Fedorov Family Lawyers in 2011, and Family Mediation Station in 2016. I was seeing the same situation over and over – people going through the traditional family law process of endless negotiations through letters by lawyers, and numerous failed mediations due to a lack of preparation.

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WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? People who aren’t afraid to shake things up.

And when I say preparation, I mean these people ... hadn’t received any advice or been told about options for mediation. Mediation often is a place to “unpack” emotions and justify why they are wanting what they are asking for, with people eventually being so worn down, they agree to anything. The agreements reached are often not formalised and communication breaks

down between couples, or goal posts change and they are back to square one. HOW DOES YOUR PROGRAM WORK? Family Mediation Station’s Divorce in a Day program simplifies and accelerates the process. A mediation coach/social worker is appointed to every couple. This professional supports and pre-screens our

WHAT WAS YOUR ‘AHA’ MOMENT? I was in a supermarket after work and one of my old clients approached me in tears, gave me a hug and thanked me for helping her through the most terrible stage of her life. She told me all about her new life, how great her kids were doing and how happy she was with her new partner. I knew I had made a difference, and it felt amazing. fedorovfamilylawyers.com.au

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