If you are considering court proceedings to solve issues over children you cannot resolve between yourself and your partner, whether in the context of separation or not, you need to know that you are obliged to attempt to resolve your differences through mediation and until you have done so and the mediator has provided a certificate stating whether a genuine attempt has been made to come to an agreement, you will not be allowed to issue court proceedings for a parenting order in the Family Courts.
Families come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The traditional nuclear family including a man and woman married to each other is still in the majority ( 72.8% ) but defacto relationships and blended families now account for a substantial proportion of the total. Cultural differences produce different family structures including accentuating the importance of extended families. Mediators take account of differences and family mediation is a flexible process. Mediators must adapt to each family situation as they find it.
Our nationally accredited mediators currently accept family mediation cases relating to all family issues including property financial settlements and parenting arrangements. If we are unable to accept your case we will refer you to a suitable and accredited Family Dispute Resolution practitioner.