Section 60i of the Family Law Act outlines the 5 types of certificates that can be given to the Court by a Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Practitioner:
The person did not attend FDR due to the refusal or failure of the other party, or other parties, to the proceedings to attend.
The person did not attend FDR because the FDR Practitioner considered it would not be appropriate, in the circumstances, to conduct the proposed FDR.
- Examples of matters which may mean FDR is inappropriate can be a risk of child abuse, history of family violence, the safety of the parties involved, and the emotional, psychological or physical health of the parties.
All parties to the proceedings attended and made a genuine effort to resolve the dispute, but were unable to do so.
- The FDR Practitioner will consider what is a ‘genuine effort’. Examples can include each person’s willingness to participate in discussions and make compromises.
All parties to the proceedings attended but one or both did not make a genuine effort to resolve the dispute.
The FDR commenced but part way through proceedings, the Practitioner decided that it was not appropriate to continue.