TIMEFRAMES AND SECTION 601 CERTIFICATES
Mediation moves at the pace that you need. Our mediators are committed to providing an appointment within seven days of your initial contact. Resolving outstanding parenting and property matters is essential, and we appreciate the desire to start the process as soon as possible.
After you have initiated mediation, we will contact your ex-partner, inviting them to attend an intake and assessment interview. If your ex-partner does not respond within fourteen days to that letter, email or telephone call, we will make another attempt.
If there is still no response from them after two weeks from the second contact, you can request a section 60i certificate stating that mediation did not occur because your ex-partner did not attend/respond.
If your ex-partner does respond, we will offer them an appointment within seven days. We try to ensure minimal delay in the process. Hence, if you or your partner continues to decline available times or cancels appointments without a valid reason, you may request a “did not attend” section 60i certificate.
Suppose the other party attends an intake and assessment interview, and the mediator deems it appropriate to proceed to mediation. In that case, we will offer a joint mediation appointment time within the next fourteen days, subject to availability.
Depending on the level of commitment by the parties, the process can take around a month. As advised if, there are unreasonable delays in attempting mediation, and it was considered appropriate to proceed, a section 60i certificate may be issued.