Under the Family Law Act, a Section 60I Certificate is required prior to making an application to the court for a Parenting Order.
The Section 60I Certificate is only required if a couple are unable to reach agreement themselves during Family Dispute Resolution or it is unsuitable to proceed with FDR (due to violence for instance).
The Section 60I certificate is issued by a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner who is registered with the Attorney General's Department.
The Section 60I Certificate is only issued under the following five circumstances:
Not all cases are suitable for Family Dispute Resolution. If a case is deemed unsuitable by the family dispute resolution practitioner, a section 60I Certificate reflecting this decision will be issued.
If the other party does not wish to participate in Family Dispute Resolution a section 60I Certificate will be issued to reflect their refusal.