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What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation (also called Family Dispute Resolution) is a process where a family mediator works with you, assisting you to reach agreement after separation or divorce.
This may include negotiating a parenting plan or orders or a family law property settlement. 

Why do we need a family mediator?

It is true that many couples going through separation or divorce manage to reach agreement ‘around the kitchen table’. 
However, communication has often deteriorated leading up to the end of a relationship or marriage.
That, coupled with the emotions around divorce and the end of a relationship, can make it really difficult to sit down together and have a positive discussion.

A family mediator is trained and experienced in assisting couples to work constructively together to come up with sensible solutions that work for your future.

Family Mediation can help you work through communication difficulties that have prevented you reaching a family law agreement on your own.

What qualifications does a mediator have?

Our principal mediator Jennifer Hetherington holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice.
She is an Accredited Family Law Specialist (since 2005) and is accredited with the Attorney-General’s department as a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (able to issue s.60i Certificates).
Jennifer has more than 23 years of experience working with parents and families to resolve disputes and reduce conflict.

Jennifer Hetherington is also a parenting coordinator.

Jennifer Hetherington - Mediator and Parenting Co-ordinator

Can the mediator give legal advice?

Family law mediators are neutral and cannot give either of you legal advice.

We are not a law firm.

Do I have to attend Family Mediation or Family Dispute Resolution ?

Mediation is a voluntary process.  No-one can force you to attend.
However, the Family Law Act requires you to attend compulsory family mediation (family dispute resolution) before you can make an application to the Federal Circuit and Family Court for parenting (custody) or financial orders.
Family mediation is also a great way to resolve parenting issues, and minimise the impact of divorce on your children.

There are some exceptions to compulsory family dispute resolution, such as when there are issues like domestic violence or abuse
and a safe environment cannot be provided.
If you are worried about your safety attending family mediation, talk to us about a safety plan
and the security measures we have in place at our mediation rooms. We can also use video for your mediation if you prefer.

If you are uncertain about whether an exemption from compulsory family dispute resolution applies to you, contact us to discuss your situation. 

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Do I need a family mediator or a lawyer?

You can attend family mediation on your own.

Our fixed fee packages include an option for parenting mediation without lawyers.

However, our years of experience tell us that it is really important for you to have a specialist family lawyer give you advice about family law property settlement and finances. We’ve seen too many situations where people didn’t have family law advice and the agreement reached in mediation has not been within the range of what the Family Court will approve.

We provide referrals to expert lawyers specialising in family law who are committed to peaceful, negotiated outcomes and share our belief that court is a place of last resort.

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How much does family mediation cost in Australia?

  Untying the Knot only offers fixed fee family mediation.

All of our fixed fee package prices are listed on our Fixed Fee Family Law Mediation page and in the booking calendar below.

Can children come to mediation?

We offer child-inclusive mediation where your children can have a ‘voice’ in the mediation, without being present during negotiations.

How do I prepare for family mediation?

We will provide you with information, factsheets and a checklist to help you prepare.

Here's a list of practical tips to prepare for family mediation you may find helpful.

Why use mediation and not just go to Court?

Watch this short video from the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia about why you should separate smarter and avoid court

For further information, book a free Divorce Options Discovery Session to chat about your circumstances and which fixed fee family mediation package is right for you.

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