Our first port of call is to always encourage parties to reach agreement through negotiations and mediation, where it is appropriate. Negotiations and mediation can occur at any stage in your case whether it be initial discussions or during the court process, and there is no limit on how many times it can occur. Parties can feel empowered reaching a decision on their own terms, rather than a decision imposed by a third party or a Judge. 

We have established relationships with a number of professional organisations and independent mediators who are experts in family law to assist in resolving your case. Lawyers can be present at the mediation, or the parties can attempt to resolve things on their own. We can also arrange a round table settlement conference without the need for a mediator to be present. We will advise you on what we recommend is the most suitable option, based on the particular circumstances of your case. 

For parenting matters, parents are typically the best people to make the care arrangements for the children, and where parties are amicable it can assist in compliance with the agreement and in developing the co-parenting relationship between the parents. 

The Family Law Act requires separated parties who have a dispute in relation to children to make a genuine effort to resolve the dispute before filing an application for parenting orders with the Court. There are a few exceptions to this requirement, such as cases involving urgency or those involving family violence or child abuse. Parties are requires to file a Section 60i Certificate when seeking parenting orders from the court. This is a certificate from an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner that certifies that as least one party has attempted mediation.