Separation and divorce can be a distressing and difficult experience for everyone involved.

At Vanessa Simon Mediation, we offer mediation to resolve conflict in a safe, informal, cost effective and efficient manner.


Family Dispute Resolution

Resolving family disputes amicably and in a discreet and calm environment.

Parenting Plans

Assisting parents to develop enduring parenting plans focused on the best interests of the child.

Financial Settlements

Assisting parties to reach a fair and equitable division of assets and to manage their financial obligations.

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Vanessa Simon began her career as a family law solicitor in 1991 and has 12 years  of experience as a family dispute resolution practitioner / mediator. She provides clients with practical assistance to resolve their disputes and to manage conflict resulting from separation and divorce.

Vanessa’s focus is to assist parents to develop parenting plans that are in the best interests of children, providing Section 60I Certificates and assisting in financial settlements when required.

Vanessa has successfully dealt with over 2,000 family dispute resolution cases involving both children’s matters and financial settlement. Vanessa holds a BA LLB Grad Dip Family Law Mediation and is a member of the LIV (Law Institute of Victoria), the Resolution Institute and the AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts).


Mediation, also known as family dispute resolution (FDR), is a cheaper and faster alternative to going to court. A qualified dispute resolution practitioner acts as a neutral third party to help people reach agreement on a wide range of issues that arise after separation and divorce. These may include post separation parenting of children and the development of parenting plans, child support and the development of child support agreements, the division of assets and liabilities, and managing future conflicts that may arise.

Agreements reached at FDR provide people with a clear and comprehensive plan for the future. This allows them to move forward in a positive and co-operative manner.

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