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Do I need to or can I be made to attend dispute resolution?

Mediation is voluntary and no one can be compelled to attend. However, the law in Australia requires separating/separated parties who are unable to resolve their differences, to make a genuine effort to resolve matters between them, concerning their children before filing an application for parenting orders in the family Court.

Please note that there are some exceptions to this requirement such as cases involving family violence, child abuse or are of an urgent nature. If you have any queries as to whether your matter may be exempt from the dispute resolution requirement, then we urge you to obtain prompt independent legal advice.

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