Our Process

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)/Mediation is a structured process. Each client attends an intake session followed by a joint mediation session. During the intake session, the client is able to discuss his/her issues and goals with the FDRP in a neutral and confidential environment. Once both clients have attended their individual intake sessions, then the mediator will schedule the joint session.

During the joint mediation, the FDRP facilitates an open discussion. This assists clients to generate options in resolving their issue, find common ground, and progress in moving forward towards an agreement. While mediation is a structured process, we endeavour to tailor the mediation to the client’s individual needs and circumstances.

We offer shuttle mediation where clients are in separate rooms for the duration of the mediation, or a co mediation where 2 qualified mediators facilitate the mediation. These options are at the request of either or both of the clients; or as deemed necessary by the mediator.

1. Intake Session

To start the mediation session, you will need to first attend an individual Intake Session with one of our mediators. During the intake session you will be able to discuss your issues, concerns and goals in a neutral and confidential environment. It is at this time that the mediator will listen to your story and assess whether mediation is suitable.

The intake session usually takes up to 1 hour and can be conducted via the telephone, skype or in person at our Perth Office.

When you attend your Intake Session please bring any current court orders, VROs and contact details of the other party.

After you have attended your intake session we will contact your ex-partner to schedule their intake session.

If your ex-partner refuses or fails to participate in the mediation process (for parenting matters only) we are able to offer you a 60i certificate.

2. Joint Mediation Session

Once you both have attended your Intake Session the mediator will assess how your situation is best progressed forward.

If the mediator deems that mediation is not the best way to move forward for you and your ex-partner, they will issue you an exemption certificate. If mediation is suitable to proceed then a joint mediation session will be booked. This session is usually scheduled for 3hours unless otherwise agreed with the mediator.

3. Appointment times

We will endeavour to schedule your joint mediation session as soon as requested and to make this happen we do encourage you to have some flexibility with your availability.

Thank you for considering us at Aequitas Mediation and we look forward to meeting you soon.