Humanising Family Law: FDRP Darren Mort’s Revolutionary Approach Impacts in 2024

FDRP Darren Mort uses his film “Tommy” in mediation, blending legal expertise with emotional understanding to make family law more relatable and human-centred.
FDRP Darren Mort uses his film “Tommy” in mediation, blending legal expertise with emotional understanding to make family law more relatable and human-centred.
FDRP Darren Mort uses his film “Tommy” in mediation, blending legal expertise with emotional understanding to make family law more relatable and human-centred.

FDRP Darren Mort: A Pioneer in Humanising Family Law

Darren Mort, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, uniquely blends legal expertise with emotional understanding. His film “Tommy” enhances mediation sessions, making them more relatable and emphasizing the human impact of family disputes.

FDRP Darren Mort uses his film “Tommy” in mediation, blending legal expertise with emotional understanding to make family law more relatable and human-centred.
Darren Mort's film "Tommy" is a powerful narrative tool that tells the emotionally-charged story of a young boy caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle.

FDRP Darren Mort

FDRP Darren Mort is a notable figure in the field of family law, particularly known for his work as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). 

An FDRP is an independent individual who assists people affected by separation or divorce in resolving their parenting and property disputes.

This role requires Darren to facilitate communication, problem-solving, and negotiation, while maintaining a neutral position and addressing any imbalance of power.

He controls the process of mediation, rather than the content or outcome, and refrains from offering advice, yet remains informative.

As an FDRP, Darren is authorised to issue Section 60I Certificates. These certificates are legal documents issued by accredited family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) or registered psychologists.

They are typically required before parties involved in family law disputes can take certain matters to court. These certificates are a crucial document within Australian family law, particularly regarding disputes over parenting arrangements. They are issued when parties fail to attend an FDR conference or when the FDRP deems the case unsuitable for resolution through FDR. It allows parties to seek court intervention for a parenting order.

Beyond his legal expertise, Darren is deeply committed to addressing the emotional and psychological impacts of family disputes.

His film “Tommy” is a powerful narrative tool that tells the emotionally-charged story of a young boy caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle. Tommy, the protagonist, escapes his trauma by entering a dream-like world set inside a submarine, but as the feud between his parents reaches a climax, both Tommy’s worlds collide. This film has been recognized in various film festivals and has won several awards.

Incorporating “Tommy” into pre-mediation conferences allows clients to engage with the emotional complexities of family separation before entering the mediation process.

This innovative approach fosters a more empathetic understanding and encourages a collaborative approach to conflict resolution.

Darren’s unique blend of legal expertise and creative storytelling helps clients feel more involved and understood throughout the mediation process.

His initiative to include “Tommy” as part of the pre-conference experience is a significant step towards making mediation sessions more relatable and grounded in the real-world impact of family disputes.

This approach aligns with the broader efforts of professionals who advocate for a system that prioritizes the well-being of all parties involved, especially the children.

Darren’s work truly resonates on a human level, aiming not just for legal outcomes but also for solutions that prioritise emotional and psychological well-being.

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