In a Mediation, an independent chairperson (the Mediator) hosts and guides a conversation between the parties to help them identify and assess options in order to reach an agreement about issues that were unresolved between them (such as property division and parenting arrangements).
Mediation is now commonly used to assist parties to resolve disputes in all areas of law. It has proven to be very successful in Family Law disputes and is widely used instead of parties going to Family Court.
There are many benefits to Mediation including:
Family Law Mediation is technically known as Family Dispute Resolution under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). There are special requirements under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) for the Mediator who conducts Family Dispute Resolution and how they do it in order to ensure the protection of parties.
Only Mediators who have been registered as Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners by the Attorney General are permitted to conduct Family Dispute Resolution under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
Except in limited circumstances, parties must attend Family Dispute Resolution (and have been issued a Section 60I Certificate) before they are permitted to start court proceedings for parenting matters.