Family mediation, also known as Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), is when an independent, professionally trained Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) like our Principal at Maxwell Parker Dispute Resolution, Matthew Maxwell, helps you and your former partner to work out an agreement for your issues, post separation.

Mediation helps to resolve issues such as:


  • Living arrangements for children post-separation, known as a Parenting Plan;

  • Significant decisions for your children such as relocation requests, schooling and medical requirements;

  • Financial and Property settlements (for example, what to do with your house, savings, other assets and debts).


We are a private practice based in Kiama, NSW. We offer a high quality, professional alternative to large, government funded centres.


Our clients deal direct with our Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) from day one. There are no long waiting lists, no lengthy  form filling requirements  and no dealing with multiple people, as your matter progresses along a queue. 

Our Kiama office caters for your initial enquiry and first meeting, known as an Intake meeting. Once both parties have met with the FDRP individually, a mediation day is scheduled. We also have other alternatives such as web-based meeting platforms to conduct interviews online, as required.


For clients in the Illawarra, South Coast, or Southern Highlands regions, we utilise the professional and discreet conference rooms located at the Kiama Pavilion - overlooking Surf Beach, Kiama. These facilities are quiet, private and provide for sufficient space and break out areas necessary for a safe, private and productive mediation.


We also find that clients prefer attending these rooms as it is generally away from their usual places of business, schools and homes. This dedicated space provides an ideal setting for people to switch off from their daily routines and focus on resolving their disputes.

As a private practice, we are happy to deal with your legal advisors along the way. It is important that you seek independent legal advice prior to mediation to better understand your options under the Family Law Act. 


Should you wish for your legal advisor to be involved in the mediation, or parts of the mediation (ie property settlement), we are more than happy to accomodate them.



We provide a private end-to-end solution for clients looking to deal with their separation discreetly. 

Our availability is typically within a week of your initial enquiry to conduct your intake meeting. As a general guide, we can conduct your intake sessions (one each)  and schedule your mediation day with 2-3 weeks.


This time frame is significantly shorter than most large government-funded centres that will typically take up to 3 months to schedule a mediation. Any changes to dates etc can see this waiting time further increase.  Our practice caters for a wide variety of clients and their busy schedules. Options are available for outside of hours, home visits, online meetings and weekend mediations where suitable.

FDR mediations are an all-inclusive** fee structure that includes your Mediation Agreement, all pre-mediation correspondence, scheduling, documentation such as parenting plans, and liaising with your legal advisors, and venue*.

Initial consultation :                         Free

Pre-mediation Intake session:   $310 per client (90mins, includes documentation and Section 60I Certificate, if applicable.)

Mediation :                                           $670 per client (up to 5hr mediation, same day session)

Additional hours:                              $140 hr per client

Depending on the range of issues that are being proposed, more than one mediation session may be required. We can consider your matter and provide our thoughts on the most appropriate session structure and timings for your individual  situation.

* Venue: The Kiama Pavilion conference rooms are included in fee structure above. Clients and lawyers may wish to use alternative venues of their choosing (and agreement). These venues will be covered by clients, typically on a  50/50 basis. Maxwell Parker Dispute Resolution 

** Costs not included with fees above include accommodation and travel expenses for 'out-of-region' mediations. These expenses are met by clients, typically on a 50/50 basis.


If you are looking for private and confidential mediation to help you and your former partner work through your separation, then give Matthew Maxwell, Principal of Maxwell Parker Dispute Resolution a call direct on 0403 436 453, or email


All enquiries are treated strictly confidential and are free of charge.