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Family First Mediation and Dispute Resolution is a small private family law mediation practice opening in 2020. We provide parties with a safe, structured and supportive environment to discuss, explore and resolve disputes following separation or divorce including parenting matters, financial settlements and child support disputes.
As a small private mediation practice you will work closely with the Principal Mediator and other experienced Mediators who will walk you through each step of the process with care and compassion, providing you with resources and referrals to help you and your children manage and cope throughout this difficult transition.
Our role is to help faciliate difficult discussions and to provide you with a confidential space to make decisions about what is best for you and your family without the need for court determination and scrutiny. We are not here to take sides or pass judgment but to help you manage difficult conversations around important issues.
Our aim is to help you through conflict thereby allowing you to begin moving forward and focusing on the things that matter the most to you following separation or divorce.
In addition to mediating family law disputes, we assist parties in mediating all other types of disputes such as neighbourhood disputes, contractual disputes and business disagreements.
I'm Tara Weir, the founder and Principal Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner at Family First Mediation and Dispute Resolution, attaining my accreditation with the Attorney General's Department and the National Mediator Accreditation System in 2020. I am also a certified Family Group Conference Facilitator.
Prior to becoming a mediator I worked as a Judge's Associate in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia hearing family law matters for over 10 years. Having seen first hand the devastating effects that legal proceedings have on families including the financial turmoil from meeting ongoing and increasing legal fees, the emotional upheaval and distress caused by the lengthy Court process and the ongoing requirement to adhere to Court orders I decided to dedicate my knowledge, skills and time to helping families reach a resolution without the need for court determination.
I am passionate about helping families remain future focused and helping them improve their communication, believing that empowering others to resolve their dispute is fundamental in achieving happiness after separation and ensures that children are not exposed to the detriments of ongoing conflict enabling them to focus on being children, and parents being positive role models and co-parents.
As a proud Kamilaroi woman I also have a passion for working with Indigenous families and understand first hand the importance of keeping children connected through kinship, family and culture.
Family First Mediation and Dispute Resolution works closely with a panel of experienced Mediators. It is our priority to ensure your matter is mediated as promptly as possible and with the most suitable Mediator.
Starting her career in Education, Mel was a teacher for 10 years, working with both primary and high school students in Learning & Behaviour Support and Vocational Education & Training.
For the last 20 years, Mel has been a Family Support Worker, helping families tackle issues that are most problematic to them. She has a warm and genuine approach with people and provides a safe and comfortable space to explore the problems and find solutions.
In 2019, she became a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) and completed specialist training in Family Dispute Resolution at Bond University, Qld.
She is now a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and working as a private family mediator, helping families resolve parenting and property matters through mediation.
With a background in child protection law and family law and as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Family Group Conference Facilitator and Child Consultant, Renee is able to draw on her experience in these areas to the benefit of many families and their children.
Renee has worked as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner for over 12 years and as a Child Consultant and Child and Family Therapist within the post separation context for over 8 years.
Renee has vast experience working with a diverse range of families in the post separation and child protection contexts, from high conflict to culturally diverse families.
Renee is passionate about providing families and children with a safe and non-judgmental context in which all parties feel empowered to have a voice and remain focused on resolution and the best outcomes for children.
Louise is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator and Counselling Professional. She cares deeply about people and their families, careers and workplaces and is driven to support and empower people through challenging times of conflict or change and transition. She helps clients to, where possible, avoid costly, stressful and drawn-out litigation.
Louise is experienced in helping separating couples resolve their parenting, property and financial issues in a timely and respectful manner. She is located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and also travels to meeting rooms throughout Melbourne as well as delivering services online.
Louise’s qualifications and accreditations include:
· Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
· Accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Federal Attorney General’s Department
· NMAS Accredited Mediation Training and Assessment
· Registered on the National Register of the Mediator Standards Board
· Member of the Victorian Association of Dispute Resolution (VADR)
· Member of the Elder Mediation Australasian Network (EMAN)
· Graduate Diploma of Careers Education and Development
With a social science and consultant background of over 20 years working with families; Wendy brings her skills and experience to her work as a mediator with a high level of empathy and ability to work sensitively and efficiently with families.
As a mediator, Wendy seeks to provide a safe space where participants feel secure to hear and discuss concerns, thoughts, and needs; and to provide the opportunity for the participants to have a voice on decisions and actions that impact them.
Areas of mediation: Parenting (e.g., parental plans and parent-teen), Property, Elder, School and Workplace Mediation.
As an experienced facilitator and educator, Wendy also provides training and professional development opportunities in conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring in the workplace.
Wendy is a nationally accredited mediator and is registered with the Attorney Generals Department to provide Family Dispute Resolution and issuance of Section 60I Certificates. Wendy is also a member of Resolution Institute’s Professional Development Group in QLD.
We can issue you with a Section 60I certificate if mediation is not suitable, or if you are unable to resolve your parenting issues at mediation to allow you to commence parenting proceedings in court.
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