In the context of community rumblings about the family law system, the targeting of lawyers for cashing in on people’s misery, the media asserting that the system was not meeting the needs of parents, particularly relating to children becoming the innocent victims, the relatively new Federal Magistrates Court (FMS) was being snowed under with an ever-increasing case load. To achieve a quick turn-around and reduce backlogs in the FMS the Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ) property conciliation program commenced in mid-2003. A co-conciliation approach, combining skills of mediators with a social science or law background with experienced family lawyers was chosen over a solo model.