Family Mediation

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What is family mediation?

Family mediation is also known as family dispute resolution. 

The family law act requires parties to make a genuine effort to resolve disputes through family dispute resolution before applying to the courts. Using mediation can help resolve any disagreements and make arrangements for the future without the need to go to court.

If you want to find out if mediation is right for you book an appointment with our registered family dispute resolution practitioner.

Is it time to reset your relationship?
Benefits of mediation


Put into place arrangements for your children so everyone knows what is happening and when

Benefits of mediation


Discuss and make arrangements for your separation and divorce.

Benefits of mediation


Create an agreement for how your property will be divided between each of you.

Sorting out what will happen with your children after separation can be difficult and overwhelming - knowing if you are making the right decision or not - so don't do it alone and unprepared.

PARENTING MATTERS & Family Mediation

The journey of separation and divorce is complicated enough for adults, let alone your children.

When it comes to sorting out the finer details of what separation means for each of you, no doubt one of the first things that you will want to put into place is an arrangement where you each get to spend time with your children.  But what will that look like?  Who will the children live with after your separation?  What time will they spend with each of you once you have separated?

This is exactly when family mediation and family dispute resolution can help you and your children. Take the time to sit down, discuss and organise the finer details of the separation when it comes to your children.


PROPERTY SETTLEMENTS & family mediation

How does the court do a property split in family law? Unfortunately there isn’t a mathematical formula. However, there is a process the courts use when asked to split property. In Australia, the Court uses a 4 step process for determining property splits  This process allows for the courts to look at the full set of circumstances and make a decision based on all factors as to what they believe is the fairest decision for all.  

Finalising a property agreement doesn't have to be complicated but it should be done after separation.
Mediation preparation is here to help you understand what to expect and plan for what you can do.


It is normal to feel scared and unsure about what to expect when you have never done a mediation before.  But if this isn’t addressed beforehand it can make the whole event feel overwhelming and terrifying – which is never going to lead to a good outcome.  This is why, I hold mediation preparation appointments (for those of you who have mediations scheduled with other mediators).  During this appointment, I can go over your issues, what you can expect and help come up with alternatives before your mediation.  

How does family mediation work?

Request Mediation
Invitations to attend mediation sent
Mediation intake sessions organised
Attend mediation or family dispute resolution.

You can find out more about the family mediation process in this free guide.

Your Mediator

Lorrie Brook The Relationship Architect

Lorrie Brook

The Chief Designer, Mediator & FDRP

Do you still have a question?

If you are still unsure if this is right for you, book a time that suits you so we can go over your questions and concerns and figure out the best way forward. 

The expert help you need to reach agreement..


Mediation Process Guide

download our free guide

A free guide that you can download to understand how a mediation is organised and conducted.

Preparing for mediation is something everyone should do and we can help you.

Mediation Preparation

If you have a mediation scheduled with another practitioner we can assist you in preparing and getting yourself ready for this.

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conducting Mediation

We can assist you with all of your mediation needs.