The Family Law Act 1975 requires that all parents who are going through a separation, attend mediation. Sometimes, however, mediation is simply not suitable, in particular, where there is family violence or significant risk issues to children or mental health concerns. In these circumstances, where you are unable to reach an agreement about the parenting arrangements or custody of children, and you feel you have no choice but to go to Court, then you will need a section 60I certificate to show that you complied with the Family Law legislation.
This certificate can only be issued by a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner ( a mediator with specialist training in parenting matters).
There are different types of section 60I Certificates and they are as follows:
1. The other parent did not attend the mediation because they refused or failed to do so
2. The other parent did not attend the mediation
3. Both parents attended the mediation and all made a genuine effort to resolve the issues
4. Both parents attended the mediation but they did not make a genuine effort to resolve their issues
5. Both parents attended the mediation but the FDR Practitioner decided it was not appropriate to continue.
Our Principal, Pamela Cominos is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and can issue you with a section 60I certificate where appropriate. For more information about section 60I certificates or mediation, please contact us today.
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