Divorce and Family Mediation.

“Dialogue is the most effective way of resolving conflict.”
— Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama

The Mediation Group focuses on bringing awareness, clarity, care and collaboration to conversations. We aim to support mindful and honest conversations that create change.

Kate White and her team are all qualified Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Practitioners. We are independent people who are able to help people affected by separation or divorce to resolve their parenting disputes.

All our FDR practitioners meet the accreditation standards in the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008.

Family Dispute Resolution.

The role of an FDR practitioner is to provide a facilitative process where both parties can come together and discuss their concerns and wishes.

We are unable to provide advice, however, can assist in guiding the dialogue and aim to provide clarity, care and safety to the conversation. Family Dispute Resolution helps separating families come to their own agreements. During this process families will discuss their issues and consider a range of options, while being encouraged to focus on the needs of their children.

The Mediation Group incorporates a child-focused approach to all our mediations that involve children. This involves the mediators ensuring that the children’s needs are at the forefront of the conversation. Ensuring that agreements are child-focused and are created in the child’s best interests is our priority.

Mediation is an option before going to court where a judge will make the decisions for you. In mediation, you have the opportunity to make your own decisions and agreements. Court is a long, expensive and stressful process, so the aim of mediation is to avoid the situation reaching this point.

It is compulsory under Australian family law for separated parents to attempt Family Dispute Resolution before applying to a family law court for parenting orders.

If Family Dispute Resolution is not successful due to a range of reasons, your FDR practitioner will issue a certificate to allow an application to be made to a family law court. This certificate is titled a ‘Section 60I certificate’ and can only be issues by an FDR practitioner. You can find out more information about these certificates here.

For more information on Divorce and Family Mediation, or to make an appointment:

Email Kate at hello@themediationgroup.com.au or call 0404 861 898.