Compulsory Family Dispute Resolution with an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) is now mandatory.
You can no longer issue an application for a parenting order in the family court unless you have attended mediation and obtained an S 60I Certificate. You can view a copy of the court brochure Compulsory Family Dispute Resolution – Court Procedures and Requirements, which sets out the procedures and requirements for Compulsory Family Dispute Resolution in family law proceedings.
There are however exceptions to compulsory attendance. These include:
- where there has been, or there is a risk of family violence
- where there has been, or there is a risk of child abuse or
- where the matter is extremely urgent.
That is not to say, however, that parties are unable to mediate, but it is only appropriate if adequate safeguards are in place for all parties concerned. So, for example, mediation could be conducted by telephone, online or by way of a shuttle mediation (i.e. when each of you is separated, are in different rooms and do not come into contact with each other).
Our screening process will determine whether mediation is suitable if any of the above apply.