Mary Louise Hatch

Name: Mary Louise Hatch

Qualifications: BA LLB LLM 

Nationally Accredited Mediator

Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Parenting Coordinator   

Title: Director  

Organisation: Spectrum Law and Mediations  

State: Vic    

Immediation Practice Area: Mediation 

About Mary Louise

I am a Principal at Spectrum Law and Mediations. I work with families, going through separation and divorce, to help them make parenting and financial decisions, without going to court.

I am a Collaborative Family Lawyer, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Parenting Coordinator.

I have been admitted to practice as a Legal Practitioner since 1991 and have worked almost exclusively in Family Law. In 2008, I became a Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and in 2019, I became one of Australia’s first Parenting Coordinators.

I also provide Mediation and Dispute Resolution training and coaching for Relationships Australia, College of Law and RMIT’s Juris Doctor Program. I also lecture in Professional Legal Training with the College of Law and Family Law in the Juris Doctor Program at RMIT where I have PhD equivalence in Law.

Areas of Expertise

High conflict parties, family violence 


Law Institute of Victoria

Resolution Institute


Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

Victorian Association of Collaborative Professionals - elected committee member

Immediation Areas of Expertise 

  • Parenting and custody 
  • Property 
  • Family violence