• Matthew Maxwell

The Personal Cost of Family Disputes

Updated: Apr 15, 2020


Family relationships are unique and often complex.


Whilst the definition of a family relationship continues to evolve, the characteristics and traits of what makes a family or relationship remain constant.


Disputes within relationships are inevitable.


The causes of such disputes can vary greatly and have the potential to strain, even ruin, life-long relationships. Disputes may arise as a result of poor communication, differing personality types, differences in values and beliefs, the changing needs at various life stages, or perhaps family tragedy. How we choose to respond and how we choose to act will play a major role in how your relationship survives.


Disputes, including deceased estates, contested wills, property and business succession related disputes, can all take a significant toll on those involved. The longer a dispute draws out, the longer issues remain unattended, the more likely the dispute will have a negative effect on those involved.


At Maxwell Parker Dispute Resolution, we believe in being proactive when disputes or potential disputes arise.


Family Dispute Resolution, also known as family mediation, provides participants an opportunity to explore their concerns in a confidential setting, in a time and cost effective manner.


Family Dispute Resolution offers many benefits:


- Considers all of your needs and interests, as well as the law;

- Puts you in control of the outcome;

- Is private and confidential;

- Helps preserve relationships;

- Is flexible and can cater to individual needs;

- Is a useful process to deal with family or business succession decisions;

- Is forward-looking, future-focussed; and

- Agreements (if arrived at) can be made legally binding.



If you, or someone you know, needs help with a difficult situation, family conflict or business dispute, contact Matthew Maxwell for a free confidential consultation, today.


Matthew Maxwell is a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), a nationally accredited mediator (NMAS) and Professional Member of the Resolution Institute, Australia.