Resolution without court.

We are focused on resolving parenting and financial issues without court. We do this through a family focused, safe and supportive mediation/collaboration process aimed at reaching resolutions in a timely and cost effective way.

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What we do.

Resolving family law issues with you.

We help guide and support you and your family through separation. We are motivated by compassion to provide a holistic, flexible and amicable alternative to the resolution of your family law issues, including:


Child-centred parenting negotiations and Parenting Plans.


Property settlements and financial arrangements.

Child support.

Financial support for your children.

Organise your free confidential consultation by giving us a call now or through our online form.

Our process.

Tailored for your family.

We craft our process to suit the needs of your family. As independent and impartial Mediators, we help both of you through a unique end to end process. We utilise both mediation and collaborative practice models and use the P.A.U.S.E. principle to reach better outcomes for your situation. The resolution pathway can be completed within weeks, at a fraction of the cost of traditional processes. Sessions can take place in our resolution facilities, at another nominated location, via telephone, or online using web-conferencing technology.

1. Intake

1-2 hour Intake with each party separately.

2. Preparation

Tailored preparation for your family.

3. Resolution

Mediation and/or collaborative practice session(s).

Organise your free confidential consultation by giving us a call now or through our online form.

About us.

Specialists with integrity and experience.

Fiona Kirkman is the Principal of Kirkman Family Law and exclusively specialises in family mediation and collaborative practice. Fiona is a Nationally Accredited Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Fiona has over 15 years of experience in all areas of family law, including family violence issues. Fiona has written a family law textbook, and is also a lecturer at the Law Society of NSW and the College of Law.


The resolution process is conducted by an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.


Access to the resolution process at times convenient to the parties and any lawyers and other professionals.

Cost effective.

A resolution process that is significantly less expensive than a litigated outcome.

Best practice.

A high quality service that uses best practice models when conducting the family mediation process.

Focused on people.

We strive to provide all parties with an opportunity to be heard and understood, with a child focus.


We are passionate about sharing our knowledge and mentoring others.


Fiona was very professional and listened to us. She understood and provided professional assistance to both parties and gave you the opportunity to make your own decisions.

Fiona helped me enormously at a very stressful time, to see a way forward.

I am so appreciative of your time and your patience. In a very stressful and emotionally draining situation you provided so much encouragement and support and I thank you so much for all your time and effort. Thank you again - the world is lucky to have dedicated professionals like you.

Fiona was a brilliant mediator. Professional and very pleasant in her manner, even in a very stressful environment.

It was enormously helpful to have the mediation and you helped to get things moving. You managed the process so well and helped us step back from the emotion of the situation. Our Parenting Plan was well drafted and assists with our communication about the arrangements for the kids.


How can we help you?

If you want resolution without court for your family law parenting, financial and/or child support issues then P.A.U.S.E. and contact us today for your free confidential half hour telephone consultation to see how our resolution process can assist you.