What to expect when you attend compulsory Family Dispute Resolution
Separating couples should make reasonable attempts to agree on the future living arrangements, care and responsibility for their children. Family law legislation provides that dispute resolution is compulsory, save where extenuating circumstances exist, before parenting orders can be made. Accordingly, unless exempt, parties wishing to proceed to the Family Court for parenting orders must first provide a certificate (ordinarily issued after unsuccessful dispute resolution) stating that they have attempted dispute resolution. This is required even if there are existing orders with respect to a child for which amended or additional orders are sought.