Family Law Mediation Process

Family law mediation involves a structured dispute resolution process led by a neutral third party i.e. the Mediator.  At Northern Frontiers Mediation Cairns our mediator is accredited with the Attorney General’s Department and is therefore authorised to provide family law mediation and issue s60i certificates where appropriate. Before mediation can begin the Mediator must assess whether your dispute matter is appropriate for mediation. Assessment begins with an Intake & Assessment session and is ongoing throughout the mediation process.

If your dispute matter is assessed as appropriate for mediation both parties are required to complete a Preparing to Mediate session. The first mediation session is then scheduled for an agreed time and date.

Northern Frontiers Mediation Cairns offers child-inclusive mediation services. A Family Consultant is available to ‘give your child a voice’ in the mediation process. This does not mean children make decisions – it simply means parents are made aware of a child’s concerns, preferences etc. This information assists parents’ decision-making. The Mediator may recommend the services of a Child Consultant at any stage of the mediation process – particularly if parties disagree on what is in a child’s best interest. Dual parental consent is required to engage a Child Consultant.

If full or partial agreement is reached the Mediator will record the Parenting Agreement (also known as Parenting Plan) and forward it to each party for review. Parties are advised to seek legal advice from a family law lawyer before, during and after mediation.




Flexible Appointment Times:

In addition to normal business hours 7.30am – 5.00pm weekdays, Northern Frontiers Mediation Cairns offers Sunday appointments between 8.00am – 1.00pm – which means there’s no need to disrupt your work schedule. Out of hours appointments tend to fill fast so please book early to avoid disappointment. Simply call 1300 90 81 70 or email: 

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75 Digger St,

Cairns North QLD 4870


+1300 90 81 70

Mobile: 0419 531 269 (text messaging available)

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Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: (Closed)

Sunday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm