Family, relationships and children
CJC can help people involved in disputes with family members to talk to each other and reach agreement. CJC regularly mediates disputes between:
- People who are or were married or in a de facto relationship.
- Parents and children.
- Brothers and sisters.
- Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.
Dispute between family members may be about:
- Parenting after separation.
- Dividing property after separation.
- Caring responsibilities.
- Other types of family arguments.
Before CJC mediates family disputes, each matter will be assessed to make sure mediation is suitable. This means that CJC staff will ask you questions about the relationship and may arrange for each person to meet privately with a mediator before the joint mediation session goes ahead.
If you have a family dispute about children, you should get legal advice before mediation. This is because there are laws about going to family dispute resolution (mediation for families) and getting family law certificates before going to court. See CJC's family law fact sheets for more information.
You may consider whether to go to a specialist family dispute resolution provider. For information about family dispute resolution providers, see Family Relationships Online.
In some circumstances CJC can also provide family dispute resolution. If you would like to request family dispute resolution through CJC, please discuss this with a mediation advisor when you call CJC to arrange mediation.