The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) makes family dispute resolution (which may take the form of counselling, mediation, conciliation or arbitration) compulsory before applying to the Court for parenting orders. As a result, family dispute resolution providers and practitioners play a major role in the family law system.
For more information about family dispute resolution, see Arrangments for children - Coming to an agreement and for a list of providers in South Australia, see the Family Dispute Resolution Register maintained by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.
Even though it is not compulsory to attempt family dispute resolution before applying to the Court for property orders, it can often prove useful. For more information, see Dividing property - Coming to an agreement.
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