The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) makes family dispute resolution (otherwise known as mediation) compulsory before applying to the Court for parenting orders. As a result, family dispute resolution providers and practitioners play a major role in the family law system.
For more information about family dispute resolution, see Arrangments for children - Coming to an agreement and for a list of providers in South Australia, see the Family Dispute Resolution Register maintained by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.
Even though it is not compulsory to attempt family dispute resolution before applying to the Court for property orders, it can often prove useful. For more information, see Dividing property - Coming to an agreement.
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