"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou [1928 - 2014]

MARIAN SMITH

Marian graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts [Hons] Psychology, attaining APRHA registration as a Psychologist in 1992 and later full membership of the Australian Psychological Society [MAPS]. Marian was a Director of an specialist IT recruitment company for 20 years, after which, she utilised her knowledge of business process, the workplace and counselling skills to help people caught at the crossroads of their careers, personally and professionally, to move forward with their lives.

In 2014 Marian enrolled in mediation with the Australian Institute for Relationship Studies [AIRS], a division of Relationships Australia, completing a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution and gaining accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner [FDRP] from the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.

As a Member of the Resolution Institute, formerly LEADR, Marian is passionate about facilitating discussions with families, who are seeking to resolve their parenting issues rather than going to court.  Marian engages with parents, within a child-centred framework. encouraging them to  have those difficult conversations and work together, so they can shape parenting outcomes that are in their children’s best interests. 

Marian is able to issue section 60l certificates as required.

 

CHERYL PETERSON

Cheryl is an experienced Lawyer, having been admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989.  Cheryl has been a Mediator since 1994 and a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Attorney-General’s Department since 2009.

In addition to other jurisdictions, Cheryl has worked as a Solicitor in Family Law matters for Legal Aid, the Child Support Agency and the Aboriginal Legal Service so has a deep understanding of the needs of separating families within diverse groups in the community.

Cheryl has a wide range of experience as a Mediator in neighbourhood, community and family disputes as well as Family Law disputes relating to children, property and child support matters.

Cheryl has a deep understanding of the dispute resolution processes which enables smooth sailing in assisting clients through the process.

Cheryl enjoys helping all people to resolve their issues and is able to engage with the clients in a way to make them feel listened to and trusted and has a successful record of helping clients reach an agreement suitable to all parties.

Cheryl is also able to issue section 60I certificates as required.