Whole of Family Dispute Resolution

Whole of Family Dispute Resolution (mediation) involves all members of a family including young people, grandparents, step parents and/or step siblings and is facilitated as a group family conference. Since safety is assessed at every stage this process is suitable for families experiencing high-conflict separation, ongoing conflict and/or a breakdown in parenting arrangements

The Process

The process for mediation begins with a pre-mediation session. All parties will have a one hour pre-mediation session with a mediator without the other party present. This session is confidential and nothing said in this session is communicated to the other party. It is simply an opportunity for the mediator to hear and understand your issues. Once both parties have attended a pre-mediation session, the mediator will either;

  • Schedule a 2 hour mediation where both parties attend. Mediations at Positive Solutions are conducted within a co-mediation model. This means that two mediators will assist you to work through your issues, explore options and reach agreements.


  • Deem the matter inappropriate for mediation and provide other options that are more suitable and potentially more effective.

Benefits of Whole of Family Mediation

  • Families can develop an understanding of the issues facing each member of the family, 

  • Solutions can be safely explored,

  •  Solutions can be trialled and reviewed,

  • Agreements can be documented in a mediation agreement that is signed by all parties.

To make an appointment to discuss with a Positive Solutions counsellor phone 1800 064 039 

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