Family dispute resolution

  • Australian Government, Attorney-General’s Department website.
  • Family Relationships Online – Family Dispute Resolution.
    Family Relationships Online, an Australian Government initiative, provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution. It also allows families to find out about a range of services that can assist them to manage relationship issues, including agreeing on appropriate arrangements for children after parents separate.
  • Family Relationships Online – Family Dispute Resolution Register.
    Family Relationships Online maintains details in the FDR Register (the Register), for administrative purposes only, of those practitioners accredited under the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. Courts that deal with family law matters, such as the Family Court of Australia, the Family Court of Western Australia, and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, will be authorised to access some information in the Register to verify that certificates are issued under section 60I of the Family Law Act by accredited FDR practitioners. The courts will have access to the names of practitioners included on the Register, the organisation for which they provide services (if any) and the registration number of the practitioner.
  • Section 60I Certificates Fact Sheetwebsite.

    This Fact Sheet outlines general information about certificates issued under Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. It includes information about the:

    1. Certificate template
    2. Purpose of 60I certificates
    3. Types of certificates
    4. Issuing of certificates
    5. Time frame for issuing certificates
    6. Revocation of certificates.
  • Compulsory Family Dispute Resolution – Court Procedures and Requirements.
    Open via Family Court of Australia website
    Open via Federal Circuit Court of Australia website

    ‘This fact sheet is for people who need information on the procedures and requirements for Compulsory Family Dispute Resolution in family law proceedings. Changes have been made to the family law system to encourage parents to develop cooperative parenting solutions without going to court. Family dispute resolution is a practical way for separating families to try to resolve any disagreements and make arrangements for the future.’

    The ‘Family Violence or Child Abuse Exemption’ to compulsory family disputes resolution is discussed at p 2.
  • Family Violence Best Practice Principles – December 2016.
    Open via Family Court of Australia website
    Open via Federal Circuit Court of Australia website

    See at p 8 where it is noted that ‘It is important that people seeking assistance from the courts know IT IS NOT COMPULSORY for parties to participate in family dispute resolution processes prior to the commencement of court proceedings, in cases where the court is satisfied there are reasonable grounds to believe:

    1. there has been family violence or abuse, or
    2. there is a risk of family violence or abuse’.