Conflict is not inevitable

Mediation gives you control over your family law matter

Mediation means you get to make decisions about your future, not a family court judge.

How does the mediation process work?

Mediation table and whiteboard

An experienced family law mediator helps you reach agreement over half a day or a full day.

It has a great success rate to keep matters out of the family court.

The mediator will not take sides and will not make decisions for you.

You may be in the same room, or in different rooms. We will talk with you about what will work best for you.   If safety is a concern for you,  we will make arrangements for you to be and feel safe.


Will I have a family lawyer with me at mediation?

That’s up to you!  We will talk with you about your situation, what you would prefer and what you can afford.

If you decide not to take a family lawyer with you on the day, we will help you prepare as much as possible.

Is mediation legally binding?


It is voluntary.   No-one can force you to agree to something.

When it is finished, if you reach agreement, we can make it into a legally binding document.  If you are already in Court, then that document is lodged with the family court and your case will be closed.  If you are not in Court, then we will file Consent Orders and you will never have to set foot in the Family Court!

How do I get started?

If you have already been invited to family law mediation, contact us for a fixed fee consultation to discuss and prepare for your mediation.  We can help select who the best mediator would be for your case.

Hetherington Mediations family law mediators

If you are looking for a family law mediator, Jennifer Hetherington holds a Graduate Diploma (Family Dispute Resolution Practice) and is a Registered Family Dispute Resolution practitioner and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Jennifer is also on the panel of Untying the Knot – Fixed Fee Family Law Solutions a unique fixed fee family law mediation service.