Wollongong Mediation Centre

  • Provide a safe forum for settlement discussions, where each of the parties can negotiate freely.
  • Convene negotiations that always remain confidential, subject to limited exceptions (such as in order to protect the safety of any person or child, or prevent damage to property).
  • Make suggestions or propose creative solutions for the parties to consider during the mediation process.
  • Offer expertise and specialist knowledge in family law and children’s law and to enable the parties to consider the range of outcomes which would occur were the dispute to be dealt with by the Courts.
  • Terminate the mediation if it appears that the parties can no longer negotiate freely in the dispute, or if one or both parties require independent legal advice, or if either or both parties request a break or an end of session.
  • Issue the parties with a section 60I certificate (in a dispute concerning parenting orders) that in most cases is necessary before a formal application for parenting orders is filed with the Court.
  • Draft a document which incorporates the terms of any agreement reached between the parties during mediation which can then be used as the basis for a consent order or (legally enforceable) agreement.
  • Refer parties who have reached an agreement to independent legal advisors in order for the agreement to be made binding, if the parties don't already have a lawyer.