Mediation

Our online mediation service gives you a chance to reach agreement in a cost-effective, non-adversarial way.

Mediation

Our online mediation service gives you a chance to reach agreement in a cost-effective, non-adversarial way.

Need a Separation Agreement but unable to agree? Negotiating with lawyers from the start can inflame the issues, lengthen the dispute, and escalate costs. Agreeable provides an online, fixed-fee expert mediator that can work with you to come to agreement, preparing you for certification and a surer future.

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Need a Separation Agreement but unable to agree? Negotiating with lawyers from the start can inflame the issues, lengthen the dispute, and escalate costs. Agreeable provides an online, fixed-fee expert mediator that can work with you to come to agreement, preparing you for certification and a surer future.

How it works →

FAQs →

Get started →

A list of quick facts about Agreeable's relationship property agreement.

How it works

Complete our enquiry form

The form simply asks for both parties’ contact details and a brief description of the situation – then our helpful team will get in touch.

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Start your mediation

Once we’ve gathered enough info, we can arrange a mediator for you at $2,000 + GST for four hours. Once you accept, we introduce the mediator and they will handle it from there, fully online and driven by your needs.

 

Certify your agreement

If you reach agreement, the mediator can help you draft a separation agreement. Then, Agreeable can provide a fixed-fee for two lawyers (one each), for the advice and certification of your agreement to make it legally binding.

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Find out more by downloading our Quick Guide on our mediation service.

A guide for a relationship property or prenup agreement

Find out more by downloading our Quick Guide on our mediation service.

A guide for a relationship property or prenup agreement

1. Complete our enquiry form

You start by completing our initial enquiry form, with each party’s contact details and a brief description of the situation. Click the button below to start the initial form – you will then hear back from us shortly after.
 
 

2. Our quick triage

Once you’ve completed the first form, we’ll get in touch with each of you for a quick phone call, and ask you to complete a short form to give our mediators some context. We will then refer you to our dispute resolution specialists to help you understand the mediation process.

3. Start your mediation

We will confirm a mediator for you from our panel, and offer you four hours of mediation at $2,000 + GST.  Any extra time needed will be available to you at an extra per-hour cost. At that point, you can accept and we will ask for payment.

If you reach agreement and would like to get an agreement certified, we recommend getting back in touch with Agreeable for our online certification service, where we find you two lawyers (one each) for advice and signing to make your agreement legally binding.

If you have any questions, please email us or call us on 0800 9 AGREE

FAQs about our Mediation Service

Why should I consider mediation over going directly to lawyers?

If one or both of you is uncomfortable to proceed without legal advice, then we certainly recommend seeking legal advice on your position beforehand. However, if you understand your legal position but just need to negotiate and settle on a decision, doing this through a lawyer each can have a number of drawbacks. Firstly, costs are likely to skyrocket and the process can be dragged out for months. Your lawyers will not necessarily be incentivised to keep things simple and focus on resolving the issues important to you. Secondly, having the lawyers do all the talking and corresponding can inflame any minor disputes into much larger ones. Instead, a professional mediator is trained to help guide the conversation and turn your dispute into an agreement.

What if we cannot agree after mediation?

If you still cannot agree after mediation, i.e even after purchasing extra hours, you will have two main options, presuming that you want to continue towards a settlement of your relationship property. One is the traditional route, where each of you engages with a family lawyer to represent you and negotiate for you in the dispute. Costs can rise to over $10,000, even for relatively “normal” disputes. The other option is to go through the Family Court and get a Relationship Property Order. Costs can be relatively low, but it can take months if not over a year to have this finalised and know where you stand legally.

What happens after mediation?

After mediation, if you have reached agreement, you will need to get the agreement certified. You can send the agreement draft (from the mediation) and your disclosure documents to Agreeable, and we will guide you through our online process towards certification. We can provide you with two lawyers, one each, for online certification at a cost-effective fixed fee.

Do I need legal advice before the mediation?

Legal advice before mediation is not a necessity, but we do recommend it in some situations. For example, if the asset base of the relationship is quite complex (i.e. a trust or business is involved), both parties should consider at least a consultation with a lawyer to understand their position before beginning mediation. Even if the asset base is relatively standard (think Family Home, KiwiSavers), you may still want to consider legal advice if you are not entirely sure how the equal sharing principle works, or relationship property law in general. Agreeable can help you with some information at no cost, but specific legal advice may be worth the initial cost for your situation.

What should I know before starting or enquiring?

You should know that mediation is not about advice. It is about having an expert professional in the room that can focus your discussion and guide your negotiation to a point of settlement. You should also know that you can stop at any time. The mediation is designed to help both of you, equally, and not to cause any further distress or pressure you into decisions that you are not comfortable with.

We look forward to helping you!

If you’re ready to get started, click here to fill out our enquiry form! Alternatively, if you have any questions about how the process works, or, you are unsure about anything, feel free to give us a call on 0800 9 AGREE or email us at info@agreeable.co.nz. We’re more than happy to speak with you regarding any concerns you may have!