About Family Law Settlement Service
The FLSS is a mediation program designed specifically for family law matters, including parenting and property disputes. Parenting matters will be allocated to Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRPs). The idea is to attempt mediation in order to avoid the costs, uncertainty and delays of having your dispute determined at a final hearing.
Parties participate in mediation to maintain control of the decision-making process and to make a good faith attempt to resolve their dispute. The mediator will provide a structure for parties to find common ground and discuss the issues in dispute. All agreements are made between the parties – there are no imposed decisions.
Solicitors should refer to the FLSS process if they deem the program suitable for their clients.
We receive Orders made by consent to participate in FLSS from either Court or the parties. If the parties agree, we can also assist when there are no court proceedings.
Please be advised that we also accept applications for private mediations under the FLSS.
The Panel consists of solicitors who are also qualified mediators.
To be appointed to the Panel they must have demonstrated that they have a substantial involvement in family law in the three years prior to being appointed.
They will conduct conflict of interest checks before agreeing to be appointed to your matter to ensure impartiality. We have panellists located throughout New South Wales.
The fee payable is $1200.00 (including GST) per party - this includes the Law Society of New South Wales’ non-refundable administration fee ($200.00).
The fee covers:
• A two-hour preliminary conference and preparation (one hour per party); and
• A three-hour mediation session.
If the mediation goes for longer than three hours, then the parties will be charged at an hourly rate as advised by the mediator during the preliminary conference.
Any additional costs for venue hire (if required) are shared between the parties.