No matter how amicable, or otherwise, you might be, you may not be able to agree on all these things at the time of separation. That is when a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (Family Law Mediator) can be very helpful, we can help you separate smarter.
The Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia, with the Separate Smarter initiative, is requiring couples to use mediation or conciliation to try to resolve their parenting arrangements and property/financial settlements before they can take their disputes to Court. It is now mandatory to attempt mediation (if it is safe to do so) before you can make an application for Court.
Family Dispute Resolution, often referred to as Family Law Mediation is a legal alternative to using lawyers. In fact, we take the place of two lawyers for a fraction of the cost of one. FDR Mediation is confidential. FDR mediators are neutral and impartial, although we are required to advocate for the best interests of any children of the relationship. A private FDR Mediator who is registered with the Attorney Generals Department, is authorised to issue mediation certificates, and can draft parenting and financial agreements that can be written into Consent Orders.