Family Dispute Resolution is a confidential process where one or two trained mediators help people in conflict come up with solutions everyone can agree with.

At some of our locations, this service is offered through the Family Relationship Centres Interrelate operates on behalf of the Australian Government. During the painful time of family separation, staff at our Family Relationship Centres help parents resolve conflict and work out arrangements for the children, with or without the involvement of solicitors. While everyone is adapting to the separation, parents are given help to focus on the needs of their children.

Who is Family Dispute Resolution for?

• Separated parents and other family members in conflict over children
• Individuals who need to find a permanent solution to their dispute
• Separating couples who need help to end conflict and learn how to resolve future differences in a business-like manner
• Parents who are having trouble communicating and reaching an agreement about their children
• Separated couples who are unable to reach an agreement about property and financial settlement
• People who have been ordered by the court to attend counselling, mediation or reconciliation prior to attending court
• Separated parents who would like to try to mediate with their solicitors involved
Note: In some cases, if there is an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) involved in your situation, it may mean mediation is unsuitable or unable to proceed. We will discuss this with you at the initial phone contact and will most likely ask you to supply us with a copy of the ADVO to determine whether mediation can proceed or advise you of alternate options.

  • Central & Far West
  • Central Coast
  • Hunter
  • Lower Mid North Coast
  • Sydney South
  • Upper Mid North Coast

Program locations