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Separating couples mediation

When a relationship breaks down, you have to make a lot of decisions about the future all at once. It can be a very stressful time.

Separating couples might argue over property settlement, care of the children, child support and other financial matters.

Assistance to work through these issues is available through Family Dispute Resolution and Family Relationship Centres.

Mediation through a Dispute Resolution Centre is another alternative. It’s free and confidential.

Mediation helps separating couples settle disputes by discussing their differences in the presence of trained mediators and working out their own solution.

Impartial mediators keep the discussion focused and help clarify the issues.

Role of solicitors

You don’t need a solicitor for mediation but you should get legal advice about your rights and responsibilities before attending a mediation session.

You should know what the law says about division of property and assets, and parental responsibilities.

Where violence is an issue

Remember, you don’t have to put up with violence.

Laws in Australia are there to protect people against violence wherever it occurs. Violence against a partner is an offence.

This also applies to violence against children, as well as threats, damage to property, deprivation of liberty and constant criticism or humiliation.

Find out more about domestic violence and how to report it.

Arranging mediation

Contact one of our Dispute Resolution Centres.

More information

Last updated
24 March 2017

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