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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 (excluding those involving S60I certificates).

  • Parents and children.

  • Brothers and sisters.

  • Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.

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Dispute between family members may be about:

  • Parenting after separation (excluding those involving S60I certificates).

  • Dividing property after separation.

  • Inheritances.

  • Caring responsibilities.

  • Shared living and household matters.

  • 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.

Help for parenting matters

CJC does not currently provide Family Dispute Resolution which could result in the issuing of section 60I Certificate under the Family Law Act.  

Should you wish to mediate any parenting matters and do not require a S60I Certificate, CJC will be able to assist with your needs so please feel free to contact our service.

Alternatively, if you would like your matter to be dealt with as Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)  (and also be able to request a S60I Certificate), the following services will be able to assist:

  • Family Relationship Advice Line

The Family Relationship Advice Line is a national non face-to-face service which offers information and advice, telephone and online dispute resolution and telephone legal services.


Phone: 1800 050 321 (Freecall)


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