FLP14 Family Dispute Resolution

FLP14 Family Dispute Resolution


This subject is focused around the various dispute resolution options available in family law. This skills based subject aims to focus on the use of mediation and other forms of dispute resolution in family law matters including how parties may resolve their disputes on their own ("self-managing”) or with the assistance of a third party (sometimes generically described as the “third party neutral"). Communication skills will also be considered. Learning methods will include role plays, simulations and other means of learning by doing. The skills will reflect the requirements of the Act, the Court Rules and the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court.


Topics in this subject include:

  • The family law dispute resolution spectrum
  • The legislative framework
  • Understanding disputes
  • Less adversarial approaches: Magellan and less adversarial trials
  • Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation and arbitration
  • Communication skills
  • Issues of power and culture
  • Processes designed for family law: child inclusive mediation, Legal Aid conferences and collaborative law
  • Non-adversarial practice and family law: representing a client



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