The Family Works Resolution Service has now worked on 3000 cases, helping more than 15,000 children and about 6,500 parents and caregivers, avoid going through the costly and contentious family court system since the service began in 2014. Timothy McMichael, Family Works Resolution Service Manager, says: “Children come first in our mediation process. When the Family Mediation Service gets involved, outcomes can be very positive for children of marital or relationship breakdown. It is a huge plus for these children to not have to go through the family court system, which can be very traumatic.”
Family Dispute Resolution is an alternative to having Family Courts rule on child care and access arrangements. The process spares families the stress of the court process, can save them thousands of dollars in legal fees, and reduces strain on the court system.
After families utilise the Family Works mediation service, children often feel more secure knowing that their Mum and Dad are working together with less conflict to make decisions about their future and their wellbeing, said Mr McMichael. “Children often have more consistent attendance at school, and have improved or resumed engagement at school and with after school activities.”
The needs of the child are firmly placed at the centre of each and every Family Mediation meeting. Family Works family mediators bring the combined experience of a national organisation which has supported families and children for more than 130 years.