- Written by Annemi Olivier
- Published: 16 Oct 2017
Why is there a Need For Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners?
It is a requirement of the Family Law Act that before Family Law proceedings concerning parenting matters begin, both parties must make and honest attempt to resolve the family disputes via mediation through a family dispute resolution practitioner.
The current lack of resources within the Family Law system is adding pressure, causing lengthy and expensive delays on not only separating families, but family law practitioners and services. An increase in mediated family dispute resolution services may alleviate some of the pressure presently being experienced in the family law system.
Genevieve Dee, Partner and Accredited Family Law Specialist – Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers said;
"I always discuss the benefits of mediation with clients dealing with separation or family law issues. A mediated settlement allows people to stay in control of outcomes rather than have a decision imposed on them by the Court. There are obvious cost savings if you can keep people out of litigation which can only benefit their family in the long run."
A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner works with separating families experiencing family law issues to resolve conflict and assist families reach agreement on issues pertaining to parenting plans, safety and focusses on the wellbeing of the children. This role helps to keep families out of the Family Law courts and potentially reduce the amount of conflict that can escalate into family violence. In the event an agreement can not be reached, an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner is authorised to issue section 60i certificates under the Family Law Act which is required before a parenting order can be made by the courts.
Benefits For Separating Families
- Keep family disputes out of the constricted family law courts
- Reach agreements faster reducing conflict and pressure
- Reduce costs
- Keep control of outcomes through negotiated parenting arrangements
- Keeps the children at the centre of the decision making
- Provision of a neutral environment
Becoming a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner is a rewarding profession that offers you the ability to increase your skills and give you a point of difference. This qualification provides opportunity to work as an employee, an independent contractor, establish a business as an independent professional or combine this qualification with counselling, legal or other services you may offer.