Family Dispute Resolution v Mediation

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation?  You are not alone.  According to google this question is asked quite often.  

So what is the answer?  Nothing!

As far as the process is concerned there is no difference between Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation.  Family Dispute Resolution usually refers to a mediation about parenting matters however some people will speak of this using both names and that is ok.    

The only difference is with the person conducting the Family Dispute Resolution or Mediation.  

In order to conduct “Family Dispute Resolution” you must be a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).  An FDRP must be registered with the Attorney-General’s department and will be given a registration number.  

A mediator on the other hand does not need to be registered with any particular governing body.   Most reputable mediators will be nationally accredited under the Australian National Mediation Standards however this is not compulsory.  

The only other difference again lies with the person.  That is, only an FDRP is able to issue a section 60I certificate .  This certificate is what is needed to meet the requirements under the Family Law Act enabling one party to commence proceedings relating to parenting matters.  

Apart from this though there are no other differences.  Every mediator themselves is different and may conduct mediations differently but in a family law context the term family dispute resolution and mediation can sometimes be interchanged and that is ok.  

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