Covid-19 Notice: Sydney Lawyers by Appointment or tele-conference
Stay connected with Navado:

Buying or selling a residential property?

With our Residential Conveyancing Offer, we offer fixed fees of $1650 (plus disbursements) for your purchase or sale. Conditions apply. | See more …

Have you been charged with a criminal or traffic offence?

We offer fixed fees from $1100 for one of our Lawyers to appear on one day at any Local Court in Sydney. Conditions apply. | See more …

Buying a property and need a home loan?

Our experienced Brokers can help you compare interest rates and home loans, at no cost to you in the comfort of your own home. | See more …

Do you need to lodge your personal Tax Return?

Our Public Accountants & Tax Agents charge a flat fee of $143 for your Individual salary or income tax returns. Conditions apply. | See more …

Secure your financial future. Plan today, enjoy tomorrow.

Create wealth. Minimise tax. Structured tailored solutions. Arrange a free consultation with a Financial Advisor today. Conditions apply. | See more …

You don't have a will? Don’t leave it until it’s too late...

We can help. Our lawyers will obtain an understanding of your situation and complete your simple will for $330. Conditions apply. | See more …

Conveyancing & Will Offer

Fixed fees of $1870 (plus disbursements) for the sale or purchase of residential property & a simple will. Conditions apply. | See more …

Are you thinking of setting up a Company?

For a fixed fee of $550 plus disbursements, our Public Accountants can help you complete the puzzle of Company Registration. | See more …

Going to Court? Strategy is key.

You may feel like you are all alone and that the odds are against you. Speak to one of our experienced Litigation Solicitors. | See more …

Get the right legal advice for your business.

When it comes to your business, precision is key. Speak to one of our experienced Business & Commercial Law Solicitors. | See more …

Do you have a civil or commercial dispute?

Our Litigation Lawyers focus on delivering cost effective, strategic solutions to your legal dispute. | See more …

What are your legal rights? Do you know where you stand?

Don’t feel discouraged. We can help. For an agreed fixed fee, we can provide you with a preliminary legal opinion. | See more …

Are you considering setting up a Trust?

For a fixed fee of $880 plus Disbursements, our Public Accountants can help you establish a Discretionary, Family, Hybrid or Unit Trusts. | See more …

Are you thinking of setting up an SMSF?

For a fixed fee of $550 plus disbursements, our Public Accountants can help you register your SMSF. Conditions apply. | See more …

Are you thinking of setting up a Business and Company?

For a fixed fee of $825 plus disbursements, our Public Accountants can help you register your Business & Company. Conditions apply. | See more …

Have you considered seeking Estate Planning legal advice?

We offer a special package of $990.00 including GST, for a simple Will, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship. Conditons Apply. | See more …

Become a Navado Private client

Navado Legal & Financial Group can provide a total synergistic legal and financial solution tailored to your circumstances. | See more …


If you are thinking of going to Court for a Family Law matter, in relation to child support, divorce, children’s or property matters, it is best to seek legal advice from a family lawyer beforehand. You will find, rather quickly, that where possible, Court should be the last resort. Lengthy court proceedings with added stress of not knowing or being certain of the outcome, can be extremely stressful and distressing. Our Family Lawyers will look at your case and advise you on your options. There may be alternative dispute resolution methods available to you. The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act) emphasises the use of alternative dispute resolution methods, like counselling and mediation for the resolution of family law matters.

Counselling may be a course you wish to take. If you and your partner have been married for less than two (2) years, under section 44(1B) of the Act, there is a counselling requirement before an application can be made for a divorce. The section provides that a certificate must be attached to the application for divorce, showing that the parties have considered reconciliation. Under section 44(1C), the court may still grant the application if there are special circumstances. However, the application of section 44(1B) shows the emphasis placed on using alternative dispute mechanisms to resolve family law issues.

Mediation is another alternative dispute resolution. Mediation is the process of attempting to settle the dispute through the engagement of a third party. The third party (the mediator) will work with both parties to look at points upon which both parties may or have potential to agree on and points upon which there is no agreement. Where there is no agreement, the third party will assist in achieving a compromise between the two parties. The advantage of mediation is that the setting is informal and the decisions made at the end of the session will be the solely the decision of the two parties. The mediator does not make any of the decisions. The meditator’s primary objective is to assist in achieving a mutually acceptable decision which both parties are able to agree to. The cost of mediation is also significantly less costly than court proceedings.

If you have children as a result of the marriage or relationship, section 60I of the Act provides a general requirement of mediation and counselling. Before an order can be made under Part VII (concerning children), the court must be satisfied that the parties have made a “genuine effort to resolve [the] dispute by family dispute resolution”. A certificate must be provided by the family dispute resolution practitioner as to whether one of the following occurred: 

  1. A party did not attend the family dispute resolution due to the refusal of the other party;
  2. A party did not attend the family dispute resolution as the family dispute practitioner considered it inappropriate that the proposed family dispute resolution be conducted;
  3. The family dispute resolution was held and a genuine effort was made by all parties to resolve the issues;
  4. The family dispute resolution was held but no genuine effort was made to resolve the issues by one or more of the relevant parties; or
  5. All parties attended the family dispute resolution however the family dispute practitioner considered it inappropriate to continue the family dispute resolution.

For preliminary advice and assessment of your case, book your first free consultation with one of our expert Family Lawyers by contacting us on (02) 9233 4048, or emailing us at For a complete list of our office locations, please peruse our "Locations" tab.

Bookmark and Share

This webpage (and any material or wording appearing on this webpage) is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute any Legal Advice. It does not take into account your objectives, your instructions or all of the relevant facts and/or circumstances. Navado accepts no responsibility to any person who relies on the information provided on this website. We further refer you to our Disclaimer.

Sorry, but no Articles are available at this time.

Sorry, but no FAQs are available at this time.

If you require assistance with a Family matter, you should make an appointment to see one of our Lawyers in one of the following locations:

  • Sydney
  • Parramatta
  • Chatswood
  • Hurstville

Our Locations

  • Family Lawyer Sydney
  • De Facto Lawyer Sydney
  • Relationships Lawyer Sydney
  • Divorce Lawyer Sydney
  • Family Lawyer Parramatta
  • De Facto Lawyer Parramatta
  • Relationships Lawyer Parramatta
  • Divorce Lawyer Parramatta
  • Family Lawyer North Sydney
  • De Facto Lawyer North Sydney
  • Relationships Lawyer North Sydney
  • Divorce Lawyer North Sydney
  • Family Lawyer Hurstville
  • De Facto Lawyer Hurstville
  • Relationships Lawyer Hurstville
  • Divorce Lawyer Hurstville
  • Family Lawyer Liverpool
  • De Facto Lawyer Liverpool
  • Relationships Lawyer Liverpool
  • Divorce Lawyer Liverpool
  • Family Lawyer Gordon
  • De Facto Lawyer Gordon
  • Relationships Lawyer Gordon
  • Divorce Lawyer Gordon
  • Family Lawyer Baulkham Hills
  • De Facto Lawyer Baulkham Hills
  • Relationships Lawyer Baulkham Hills
  • Divorce Lawyer Baulkham Hills
  • Family Lawyer Campbelltown
  • De Facto Lawyer Campbelltown
  • Relationships Lawyer Campbelltown
  • Divorce Lawyer Campbelltown
  • Family Lawyer Bondi Junction
  • De Facto Lawyer Bondi Junction
  • Relationships Lawyer Bondi Junction
  • Divorce Lawyer Bondi Junction
  • Family Lawyer Chatswood
  • De Facto Lawyer Chatswood
  • Relationships Lawyer Chatswood
  • Divorce Lawyer Chatswood
  • Family Lawyer Miranda
  • De Facto Lawyer Miranda
  • Relationships Lawyer Miranda
  • Divorce Lawyer Miranda
  • Family Lawyer Bella Vista
  • De Facto Lawyer Bella Vista
  • Relationships Lawyer Bella Vista
  • Divorce Lawyer Bella Vista
  • Family Lawyer Erina
  • De Facto Lawyer Erina
  • Relationships Lawyer Erina
  • Divorce Lawyer Erina
Quick enquiry
  • Request an appointment

Where to find us?

Sydney (Head Office)
Level 10, 309 Pitt Street.

Level 7, 91 Phillip Street.

Level 6, 10 Help Street.

Ground Floor, 5 Railway Parade.

In NSW, Interstate or International?
Initial Consultations are available by Skype or Tele-Conference.

Stay connected
Ask an expert