Family Dispute Resolution

Our family dispute resolution (FDR) services assist separating and divorcing couples and their children to resolve disputes without needing to take action in the Family Court. With the assistance of an impartial third party, family dispute resolution helps identify issues and together we develop a range of options and alternatives. We aim to reach a settlement that is suitable to all.

The Family Law Act requires separating families to make a genuine effort to resolve their parenting issues at FDR before making an application to court (although some exceptions apply). Currently there are no legal requirements to resolve financial issues before applying to court, however FDR is the quickest and most cost effective process for reaching a settlement.

Each party meets separately with a FDR practitioner for a confidential assessment. If FDR is appropriate, a joint mediation is scheduled. If you are discussing property or financial matters, we may suggest that you obtain legal advice.

We deal with issues relating to children, parenting plans, contact with grandparents, blended family issues, parent and adolescent issues, communication breakdowns, relocation, passports, property and financial issues.

Please note: All family dispute resolution/mediation fees are subsidised and are reasonable.

This service is offered at all of our Family Centres. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Helps separating and divorcing couples and their children to resolve disputes without needing to take action in the Family Court

We also provide the following services. Please click on the down arrows on the right for more information.

60i Certificates

60i certificates are part of the mediation process and used when the case is deemed not suitable for mediation due to one of these reasons:

  • The person did not attend FDR due to the refusal or failure of the other person or people to attend
  • The person did not attend FDR because the practitioner did not consider it would be appropriate to conduct FDR
  • The people attended FDR, conducted by the practitioner, and all people made a genuine effort to resolve the issue in dispute
  • The people attended FDR, conducted by the practitioner, but one or more of them did not make a genuine effort to resolve the issue or issue in dispute
  • The people began FDR, but part way through the practitioner decided it was not appropriate to continue.

This service is offered at all of our Family Centres. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Family Law Pathway Network (FLPN)

Brings solicitors and social workers together to create pathways for families and individuals navigating the Family Law system.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Parents for Life course

An online pre-mediation course that helps you get the most out of mediation. This course covers parental behaviours that help and hurt children after separation. All our Family Centre’s offer this online course. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Free monthly law advice clinic

Operated by Horizons Family Law Centre, our advice clinic operates from 10.00am – 2.00pm on the 4th Monday of each month. Appointments last 45 minutes and bookings are required. Horizons FLC is a non-profit service providing legal help to disadvantaged people without any other access to a lawyer. We can help with disputes about children, family violence and safety concerns, child support, separation and divorce, and criminal charges and ADVO’s. We can’t advise on property settlements, spousal maintenance, wills or power of attorney, immigration issues or Centrelink disputes. For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Legal Aid access

Legal Aid provides free legal advice and information fortnightly on issues covering:

  • Everyday legal problems eg. fines, work rights, immigration issues and elder abuse
  • Family relationship breakdown
  • What to do if you are in trouble with the law

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Legal Aid also attends sessions at:

Mary Mac’s Place at the Ethel Cox Centre

100 Blackwall Road
Woy Woy NSW 2256
P: (02) 4341 0584
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

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