Dispute resolution is an alternate system to attending Court.
Funded by the Australian Government, dispute resolution is often used by the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. It is often a quick and affordable way to resolve disputes with greater management of the process and outcome.
Dispute Resolution Services
Australian Family Law requires the parties to make a genuine effort to resolve disputes through dispute resolution before an application can be made to the courts for parenting and financial orders.
The Family Court requires pre-action procedures including dispute resolution to be undertaken before applying for financial orders.
The Federal Circuit Court encourages the resolution of issues before filing any applications. In many cases, the parties are ordered to attend dispute resolution after filing an application with the Court.
In certain circumstances, the court may grant an exemption if:
- the matter is urgent; or
- there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is a case of family violence or child abuse/ or a risk of such occurring.
Speaking with our Principal, Gina Hagan today will help you understand your rights and responsibilities and can assist you and your former partner in reaching an agreement without attending court.