Conversation Series 5 “Exploring Legally Assisted FDR”

This event was on January 30, 2018.

The next instalment of our Conversation Series will explore legally assisted Family Dispute Resolution. I will meet with Valda Marino, an accredited family law specialist and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with extensive experience in both of these roles. We will discuss this topic from the perspective of  private FDR, as well as community mediation, and the Family Dispute Resolution Service at Victoria Legal Aid. There can be no better person to share a conversation about lawyers and FDR. We propose to cover the following questions:

  • What is legally assisted FDR?
  • What is the role of lawyers in FDR?
  • How can lawyers support their client through the FDR process?
  • What are the advantages to having lawyers involved?
  • When would legally assisted FDR not be appropriate?
  • When would legally assisted FRD not be appropriate?

If you have other aspects you would like us to discuss, send me an email or post a question on the Creative Family Law Solutions FB page where our talk will be streamed live at 8.00 am on Tuesday 30 January, 2018.

Conversation Series – Grief, Loss and Healing

Posted by Creative Family Law Solutions on Monday, December 18, 2017

The references mentioned in our discussion on Grief, Loss and Healing (in the order of discussion and with a couple of websites) are:

Daniel Siegel has published widely. Some favourites of mine are:

Siegel, Daniel. (2010). Mindsight: Change your brain and your life, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, Australia.

Siegel, Daniel, and Bryson, Tina. (2012). The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. Scribe, Australia.

Smyth, B and Moloney, L. (July 2017). “Entrenched post-separation parenting disputes: the role of interparental hatred?”, Family Court Review. Australia.

Bill Eddy – – lots of resources and publications on High conflict personalities

Ross, Julie & Corcoran, Judy. (1996). Joint custody with a jerk: Raising a child with an unco-operative ex. St Martin’s Griffins, New York.

Ricci, Isolini. (1997) Mom’s House, Dad’s House; Making two homes for your child. Simon & Shuster, New York.


NSW Ombudsman, Apologies: a practical guide 2nd edition. (March 2009, reprinted March 2014)

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