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A family dispute resolution practitioner is an independent person who can help separating parents to resolve their family issues. They look at options and work out how best to reach agreement in disputes about children and parenting matters, focusing on 'the best interests of the child'. It is important to note that they do not give legal advice but will explore general principles that apply to couples who are separating.
The law requires separating families who have a dispute about parenting arrangements to make a genuine effort to resolve that dispute by family dispute resolution before applying to a court. If after attempting family dispute resolution, an individual still wants to go to court, they will need a certificate from an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner. Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975 (the Act).
Family dispute resolution practitioners are responsible for certifying whether or not the parties have made a genuine effort and therefore have a new role involving evaluating the performance of their clients in family dispute resolution (s60I(8)).There are some exceptions to this requirement, such as urgent cases, or situations involving family violence or child abuse.
So, can any family mediator provide this certificate and what is the difference between a mediator and an Accredited FDRP? Section 60I certificates can only be provided by accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRP’s). FDRP’s are all mediators but not all mediators are FDRP’s. There are mediators who are accredited under other systems but aren’t specifically trained in family law or aren’t accredited by the Attorney-General’s department to provide the necessary certificates.
In choosing your mediator you need to ask if they are accredited FDRP’s.
From 1 July 2008 FDR became a requirement before you can apply to court for a parenting order. So, if you are getting divorced and there are children involved, you do need to go through mediation before applying to court unless:
If you do choose FDR, your FDR practitioner will assist in discussing issues, looking at options, testing possible solutions and working out the best agreement. However, they will also help you to identify when FDR isn’t working and can suggest other options.
Mediation can still help you. FDR practioners are highly skilled and trained to assist you in resolving your disputes, whether it be about your children, your property or your finances. They are solution and future focused.
Only an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practioner can provide the necessary certificate in terms of the Family Law Act, 1975 so check with your mediator to ensure that they are accredited.
The people having the disagreement. A support person can be present if no-one objects and some mediators allow lawyers to be present.
No, but it can be helpful for your children to see a counsellor or child consultant. This will only be done with your consent. How does it work? Before you start FDR, your FDR practitioner will:
It is important that you feel safe during FDR and at home. Please inform your mediator immediately if you are concerned for your safety or the safety of your children.
Mediators have different rates and the one you select will go through these with you.
Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975 (the Act) as amended by the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 provides that all persons who have a dispute about children (under Part VII of the Act) must make a genuine effort to resolve that dispute by family dispute resolution before they can litigate