Mediation is a process that allows parties to talk over their problems and work towards a mutually acceptable agreement. The mediator is an independent, neutral facilitator who assists parties to discuss and resolve disputes such as Family Law matters of residence and contact for children, and Neighbour disputes, such as fencing, trees, noise and harassment.
From 1 July 2007, changes to the Family Law Act 1975 makes it compulsory for parties to attend Family Dispute Resolution, to apply to the Family Court for Parenting Orders. Gosnells Community Legal Centre employs registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners who are eligible to issues Certificates under Section 60I (8) of the Family Law Act. A Certificate is necessary to make a Parenting Application to the Family Court.
Neighbourhood Mediation is a voluntary process. Because this service is voluntary, people can withdraw from the process at anytime if they feel they are unlikely to produce a satisfactory outcome.
If there is a positive response to the initial approach by both parties, then individual intake interviews are arranged with each party at different times. This is an opportunity to have the process of mediation explained, questions answered, and information provided to be prepared for the Mediation Conference.
A fee may apply for this service. Please contact the Centre on 9398 1455 for more information.