Mediation – Family Dispute Resolution
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a service to assist couples and families in resolving parenting and property disputes. This is often a part of the process of making an application to the Family Law Court regarding parenting matters. If you want to apply to the Family Law Court for a parenting order, you will need to obtain a certificate from a registered FDR Practitioner to confirm that an attempt at FDR was made.
We can assist you negotiate your dispute, with the intention being to minimize the emotional, relational and financial distress. We can also assist you and your ex-partner to negotiate parenting arrangements in a more cooperative and business like manner. Research shows that agreements reached by parents about their children are much more successful than Family Court ordered arrangements.
During the Mediation process we assist you to discuss the issues in the dispute, consider options to resolve these issues and agree to options that are in the best interest of your child. At the completion of the Mediation process, a written Parenting Plan may be developed, which documents the agreements reached by both all parties.
Parents sometimes make the decision to apply to the Family Court and make a formal application for Consent Orders.
Child Focussed and Inclusive Family Dispute Resolution Practice
We are passionate about providing services that re-establish and maintain a secure emotional base for your child during and post-separation.
Through child counselling and parent feedback we work closely with you and your child.
We assist parents to actively consider the needs of each child and facilitate a parenting agreement that supports children’s adjustment to the separation.
We sometimes recommend a range of support including individual, couple and family therapy.
Section 60I Certificates
In order to apply to the court for parenting orders, parties are required to file with the court a Section 60I Certificate. The certificate demonstrates that the parties have made a genuine effort to resolve the dispute through Family Dispute Resolution (Mediation).
Louise O’Sullivan is a designated provider of Family Dispute Resolution (Mediation) as defined by The Family Law Act 1975 and therefore authorised to issue Section 60I Certificates.
A Section 60I Certificate may be issued when:
1. the person did not attend FDR due to the refusal or failure of the other person or people to attend
2. the person did not attend FDR because the practitioner did not consider it would be appropriate to conduct FDR
3. the people attended FDR, conducted by the practitioner, and all people made a genuine effort to resolve the issue or issues in dispute
4. the people attended FDR, conducted by the practitioner, but one or more of them did not make a genuine effort to resolve the issue or issues in dispute
5. the people began FDR, but part way through the practitioner decided it was not appropriate to continue
There are exceptions to the requirement to file a Section 60I Certificate. This can include when the court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the application is sufficiently urgent, if a child has been abused or there is a risk of family violence.
Appointments are available on weekdays, and after hours where necessary.
You do not need to obtain a referral to attend an appointment, however you may wish to obtain a GP Mental Health Care Plan. Please discuss this option when you are making your initial appointment.