About Liz Rankin
My knowledge and insights about separation, family law and mediation have been obtained from a diversity of sources. Professionally, I worked with family law clients for nearly a decade, I studied family law at a post-graduate level and I undertook specialist training in mediation. I also bring to my practice, understanding and experience from my own personal story including a wide range of friendships, a very large family and my role as a parent and step-mother. I have helped individuals from all walks of life - from a BRW rich lister to stay-at-home mums struggling with a sudden loss of income. I have worked within a myriad of situations - with individuals in complex family arrangements involving multiple partners to clients impacted by an ex-partner's addictions. The common link is my commitment to helping families establish a better life after separation.
My first degree was an arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Upon returning to Australia in the late 1980s, I completed a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate) Degree at the Australian National University and was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology, Sydney. I subsequently trained as a family law mediator, or more specifically, an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (“FDRP”). An accredited FDRP is a person who meets standards set out in the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008 and has completed additional study and training. A mediator must be accredited to issue a s 60I certificate which is a document that must be filed with most parenting applications.