What is family dispute resolution and how could it help your situation?
It is surely in children’s best interests that parents agree arrangements concerning them following separation. This avoids the trauma that children can suffer where a legal action is involved and also reduces the legal costs of reaching a final agreement.
Parties can work towards reaching a consensual agreement with the assistance of professionals such as counsellors and mediators. However, where an amicable agreement cannot be reached, before a Court action may be started seeking parenting orders, parties are required to have attended family dispute resolution and obtained a certificate (known as a section 60I certificate) from a family dispute resolution practitioner. This requirement does not apply in certain situations, including where an application is urgent or where there has been, or there is a risk of, abuse or family violence.
A family dispute resolution practitioner assists people effected or likely to be effected by separation or divorce to resolve some or all of their issues with each other.
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