This is a really important part of the process. This is where we get an insight into what is happening and what your concerns are. This will take about 1 hour. We work out if FDR is the most appropriate pathway for you. We can't give you legal advice but we can talk to you about legal systems and processes. Court should be your last resort.
Did you know? You cannot file an application in court (if your matter is to do with parenting) without a 60i Certificate. The Family Court will need to see that you have attempted Family Dispute Resolution before they will accept your application.
A 60i Certificate can only be given by a registered FDRP.
(Exceptions may apply)
If FDR is deemed a suitable process and pathway for you. We will assist you to prepare for mediation. Being prepared is the key. We will explain exactly how FDR Mediation works. You can ask questions if you're unsure about anything. We offer a few different ways to execute the mediation. If you have an IVO against your former partner or you have an IVO against you, we make sure that Mediation is allowed to proceed, and if you feel uncomfortable - you don't have to be in the same room as your former partner. We can work with you to find out what is going to give you the best pathway to resolution.
We make sure that you have no unanswered questions.
The mediation session is usually about 3 hours. In that time, you will have the opportunity to have a Private (One on One) conversation with your Mediator. The process will have been explained to you in your preparation session, however, we will go over the process again. The mediation session is facilitated by the Mediator. The mediator will allow for both of you to speak and will not take sides. Your mediator will focus on what is 'best for your children' and allow you to put forward proposals and negotiate an agreement that you can both live with. One party will not walk out with everything that they wanted but neither will the other.
This is your chance to talk about your concerns. The Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner will work with you to see if FDR Mediation is the best pathway forward for you.
In this session, the FDRP will discuss what to expect in your mediation session. This is where you have the chance to really understand what will happen. If you have queries - we can answer them.
After the intake and preparation session you will have the FDR Mediation session. We will work out a suitable time for this session that suits both parties and the FDRP.
Please call us to discuss your options. Many people race off to lawyers and find themselves fighting it out in a court - this path is fuelled with emotions, spending money that you don't have and not getting any results, usually for 12 to 18 months. Mediation should be the first stop. If you think that going to court would be better, I urge you to go and sit in the back of a family court room......... then make your decision.