Family mediation is child-centred for parents who have decided to separate. The sessions are not counselling or designed to be adversarial.
The process is a separation service that facilitates discussions about important topics to reach agreements as co-parents about the children’s living arrangements, education, important dates, medical decisions and other necessary elements for a child’s development.It requires a specialist practitioner who has completed nationally recognised training and is registered with the Attorney-General’s Department in accordance with the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008 made under the Family Law Act 1975. Only registered and qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners may issue a Section 60I certificate in appropriate circumstances.In most cases separated parents with children must attempt family mediation with the assistance of a registered practitioner before they may make an application to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
It’s likely that assets and debts are accumulated during a marriage or partnership.This may include real estate, vehicles, boats, bank accounts, trusts, shares, superannuation, interests in businesses, pets, loans and mortgages.If the marriage or partnership ends, the property pool will need to be considered and an agreement reached about the best method to distribute the assets.Depending on the complexity of the property pool, parties may wish to consider engaging an accountant, financial advisor and lawyer to assist them to prepare for property mediation.
Other Property Disputes
The operation of commercial and retail leases as well as the terms of sale relating to real estate or machinery may lead to disputes about ongoing commitments or settlement. Our accredited mediators act impartially to encourage parties to negotiate terms that create certainty for the future operation of the contract and promote improved professional relations.