The Family Law Act prescribes that parties must first attempt mediation for Parenting matters, before filing any parenting disputes into the Family Court. Mediation is not mandatory for Property matters.
S 60I Certificates can be issued for a range of reasons:
- A Party did not attend because the other Party refused or failed to attend;
- Parties did not attend because the practitioner (Mediator) considered that your circumstances (as per sub regulation 10 of the Family Court Regulations 1998 (WA)) were not appropriate for Family Dispute Resolution;
- Parties did attend mediation and all parties did make a genuine effort to resolve the issues;
Certificates are valid for 12 months from the last attempted/attendance at mediation. S60I Certificates are only issued by registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRP). All mediators at Aequitas are registered with the Attorney General’s Department.