Where an agreement cannot be reached regarding the care of children, the first step is to attend Family Dispute Resolution (mediation) with a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) to try and resolve the matter. You can read more about Family Dispute Resolution on the Family Relationships Online website, an Australian Government initiative.
There are certain circumstances where mediation may not be appropriate, such as:
MDV Family Lawyers has a conference room specifically set up to facilitate mediations of this kind and can arrange mediation through the Family Relationships Centre, Legal Aid NSW or privately using a registered FDRP.
MDV Family Lawyers can also assist you with arranging mediation conferences for property settlement matters.
If an agreement is reached through this process, we can assist you with the negotiation and/or preparation of a Consent Order or a Parenting Plan to formalise the agreement eliminating the stress, delay and cost of lengthy court proceedings.