Information for Legal Professionals
For families in need of support through a separation or divorce, Unifam can help. Unifam is a designated provider of Family Dispute Resolution (Mediation), Section 60I Certificates and Family Counselling, as defined by the Family Law Act 1975.
Family Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
In some regions, Unifam is participating in the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution pilot program. This is an intensely supportive Family Dispute Resolution model where mediators, counsellors and lawyers work together in cases involving domestic violence.
Unifam mediators have tertiary qualifications in law or a relevant social science, such as social work or psychology. They are accredited with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.
Section 60I Certificates
Unifam’s mediators are authorised to issue Section 60I Certificates, which may be required by the court (in applications for parenting orders) as evidence the applicant has made a genuine attempt to resolve the dispute in Family Dispute Resolution (Mediation).
Counselling encompasses a range of specialist post-separation services including Family Relationship Counselling, The Anchor (Supporting Children after Separation) and Keeping Contact - Parenting Orders Program for highly entrenched cases with a history of non-compliance with parenting orders.
Unifam also provides a range of counselling services and programs for people experiencing other issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma and family and parenting issues.
How to refer
To refer someone to Unifam or to find out more information about Unifam’s counselling and mediation services please contact any Unifam office, including Unifam’s Family Relationship Centres. Referrals must be made with the consent of the family.