Family Law – Do I have to engage in Mediation if I am involved in Family Litigation?

Mediation allows for a neutral party to assist separating partners in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. In family law parenting matters, mediation is a requirement as separating families are encouraged to use family dispute resolution to arrive at a mutual agreement regarding the children, without court intervention. This is because the central focus of such matters is the best interests of the children. The mediation is usually undertaken by a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and the process is more commonly known as Family Dispute Resolution (FDR).