Family Dispute Resolution

Bryan is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Mediator)

Family dispute resolution can help people affected by separation and divorce sort out their dispute as an alternative to going to court.

A family dispute resolution practitioner is an independent person who can help people discuss issues, look at options, and work out how best to reach agreement in disputes about children, property or money.

Changes to the dispute resolution provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 have been phased in since July 2007. These changes mean that where an individual wants to apply to the court for a parenting order they first need to attend family dispute resolution, and obtain a certificate from an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner confirming an attempt at family dispute resolution was made.

There are some exceptions to this requirement, such as cases involving family violence, child abuse or urgency.

Ideally, parents may devise their own Parenting Plan and thus avoid the costly and lengthy judicial process

If people resolve their differences without going to court they will save themselves time, money and stress.