Good news for FDRP’s as Family Court and Federal Courts merge, utilising dispute resolution in a new Case Management Pathway.

The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’s (FCFCOA’s) new case management pathway places significant emphasis on providing dispute resolution opportunities to litigants to assist them in resolving, or better identifying, the issues in dispute.  Click Here for more information.


New requirement to file a Genuine Steps Certificate:

Genuine Steps Certificate

In addition to the requirement to comply with section 60I of the Family Law Act and file a certificate or seek an exemption when parenting orders are sought, both the applicant and respondent to an application for final orders are now required to file a Genuine Steps Certificate, certifying that they have complied with the pre-action procedures and made a genuine attempt to resolve the dispute.

This means more Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner services will be required.

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The court’s expectation is that, where it is safe to do so, parties will avail themselves of every opportunity to participate in dispute resolution:

Parties should undertake mediation or other dispute resolution within six months of filing, before they have spent too much money and have become too entrenched in the system. If they are still unable to settle, they will be sent to trial, which is to commence where possible within 12 months.

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Helpful videos:

You can separate smarter

Did you know, you don’t need to argue? If it is safe to do so, there is a better way to separate. You can take ownership of your dispute. This video provides tips on how to separate smarter – whether you agree or partially agree, perhaps you can’t agree at all.

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