FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION (or Mediation) takes the angst out of family separation and helps restore harmony…
Northern Frontiers Mediation Cairns promotes the right of every child to enjoy safe meaningful relationships with both parents/care-providers and significant others before, during and after family separation. We encourage respectful family relationships that are free from conflict. Our mediation process can be completed through various methods, including in-person, via phone or videochat (Skype, FaceTime, Zoom etc). Our flexible delivery methods means we regularly assist with matters where one or both parties live outside the Cairns region, interstate, and even overseas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Attend Family Law Mediation?
Is Family Law Mediation Compulsory?
Yes. If parents or care-providers cannot agree on a child matter they are legally required to make a genuine effort to resolve their dispute via family law mediation before asking a court to decide things for them (see below for exemptions). In most cases you can only apply directly to a court to have a parenting matter dealt with if you have a S60I certificate from an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (more commonly known as a Mediator.) The following exemptions apply:
- If you are applying for Consent Orders (i.e. agreement with the other party has been reached)
- If the matter is urgent (e.g. a child is at risk of harm/has been abducted etc)
- When there is history of family violence and/or current family violence or child abuse
- If a party is unable to mediate effectively (e.g. due to mental or emotional incapacity or geographical difficulties)
- If a party has contravened and shown significant disregard for a court order made in the last 12 months
If you are unsure about your family situation’s suitability for family law mediation Northern Frontiers can assist you with information or referral to a family law lawyer.
Does My Child Have To Attend Family Law Mediation?
What Information Will I Be Provided With?
During your private Intake & Assessment Session the Mediator will provide you with information about the family law mediation process and parenting in general. This may include information about parenting plans; property agreements; confidentiality; tips for effective communication during mediation; how to talk to your child about family separation; document checklist for property settlement; the cost of mediation; dealing with different parenting styles and so on…In preparation for the intake session you will be asked to complete an online self-report. It should only take 15-20 minutes to complete the report which includes questions about your family’s functioning and current situation. The information you provide forms part of an ongoing risk assessment and is used by the Mediator to assess the appropriateness of your dispute for mediation. You will be given an opportunity to discuss your responses privately with the Mediator during your Intake & Assessment Session.
Is What I Say In Mediation Shared With Anyone Else?
What If I Don’t Feel Safe?
What Happens If We Reach Agreement?
What If We Don’t Reach Agreement?
At Northern Frontiers we believe mediation is not just about reaching agreement – it’s also about disputing parties learning to share their concerns and communicate more effectively. In this way your parenting relationship can be protected from further harm – something we believe will serve your family well.
If you initiate family law mediation and for some reason it does not take place – or you attempt mediation and agreement is not reached or mediation ceases, you may be issued with a S60I certificate indicating one of the following:
- the other party did not attend mediation
- you and the other party attended mediation and made a genuine effort to resolve your dispute
- you and the other party attended mediation but one or both of you failed to make a genuine effort to resolve your dispute
- the Mediator assessed your dispute as ‘not appropriate for mediation’, or
- mediation began however the Mediator assessed it as considered it ‘not appropriate to continue’.
If you receive a s60I certificate you are advised to seek legal advice from a family law lawyer as the Mediator is bound by confidentiality and will no longer be in a position to assist you.
How Soon Can I Start?
What If I Don't Wish To Attend Family Law Mediation?
Is My Dispute Suitable For Family Law Mediation?
What If Domestic Violence Is Present?
Can I Have A Support Person With Me?
Is Family Law Mediation Expensive?
Click here for information about our rates (refer to page 4 of Family Law Mediation brochure). Basically, the more agreement you can reach in mediation = the more time and money you save on legal fees and court costs.
Can I Have My Legal Advisor With Me During Family Law Mediation?
Do I Also Need A Lawyer If I’m Attending Family Law Mediation?
Do I Need Expensive Equipment For Telephone Mediation?
Booking in for Family Law Mediation:
In addition to normal business hours Northern Frontiers offers 7.30 am appointments for family law mediation sessions as well as Sunday appointments – which means there’s no need to disrupt your work/life schedule. Out of hours appointments tend to fill fast so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Simply call 1300 90 81 70 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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75 Digger St,
Cairns North QLD 4870
Mobile: 0419 531 269 (text messaging available)
LiveChat: If you have any questions about our services and don't have time to ring or email, feel free to use the LiveChat function (bottom right of this page).
Mon-Fri: 7.30 am – 5:00 pm.
Please note: Northern Frontiers Mediation & Counselling Cairns provides private and confidential services. To ensure client confidentiality all bookings are strictly by appointment only therefore we do not accept unannounced requests for service, including for new enquiries.