The Family Law Specialists

family dispute resolution

Family Dispute Resolution involves the help and support of a registered practitioner to mediate and reach agreements about the division of assets and care of children after a separation.

This practitioner is called a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and we are pleased to be able to offer this service.

If parties to a separation are unable to reach an agreement about a property settlement or parenting arrangement, an application to the court may need to be initiated.

Before you are able to make this application to the court, it is mandatory for all parties to participate in family dispute resolution and to obtain a section 601 certificate. Exemptions do apply in some circumstances surrounding family violence or urgent applications.

Parties can choose to participate in this process at federally funded Family Relationship Centres, or via private mediation with an approved practitioner.


We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our clients, with our Principal Solicitor Sandra Soden.

We have safe and comfortable facilities for our mediations and can accommodate most requests. We can facilitate shuttle mediations, where one person does not wish to in the same room with the other person and we can also accommodate video and telephone conferencing.


The process generally involves:

  • Identifying issues that could not be resolved privately;
  • Listening to each parties’ views and beliefs;
  • Sharing important and relevant information;
  • Identifying and considering ideas and options;
  • Testing possible outcomes and solutions;
  • Reaching an agreement and finalising this in writing.


There are many benefits of attempting family dispute resolution.

  • The process saves time and money as it is far cheaper and quicker than the court process;
  • The process is far less traumatic and stressful than court proceedings;
  • The skills learned, to cooperate and communicate well, will help and facilitate an ongoing parenting relationship;
  • Control is maintained for both parties, unlike the court process where the decision-making control is held by the court;

Contact us today to find out more about this service.