Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which is a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties without going through the legal system. Typically, a Mediator assists both parties to work together to reach a shared agreement. Unlike the legal process, a resolution is not made by a Magistrate and imposed on one or both parties. If the parties involved do not agree on a shared outcome, the dispute remains unresolved.

The role of the Mediator is not to pass judgment or to give legal advice. They act as a neutral third party who facilitate, rather than direct, open discussion.

Mediation is a highly beneficial form of alternative dispute resolution.

What is Family Dispute Resolution?

Family Dispute Resolution is the term used to describe mediation services that are specifically designed to assist couples and families affected by separation and divorce. The sessions are tailored to facilitate calm discussions around, and solutions to, family disputes.

Why Family Dispute Resolution?

Separated families who have a dispute about parenting arrangements, such as children’s matters or property matters, are required by law to make a genuine effort to resolve the dispute through Family Dispute Resolution.

Who can deliver Family Dispute Resolution services?

Family Dispute Resolution can be provided by most Mediators, however only accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners can issue certificates under the Family Law Act 1975. These Mediators are specifically accredited by the Attorney General’s Department and meet the standards of the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008.

We recommend The Mediation Centre for your Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution needs.