Mediation & Dispute Resolution
Family Dispute Resolution
Whether married, de facto or same-sex, family separations can be stressful and emotional.
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a mediation process for separating couples to address their parenting issues without having to incur the cost (financial and emotional) of going through court proceedings.
In fact the Commonwealth Family Law Act 1975 requires couples with parenting issues to attend FDR and make a ‘genuine effort’ to resolve their issues prior to lodging a court application. Therefore, FDR practitioners must be accredited and registered with the Federal Attorney General’s department to practice in Australia.
It can also be used by grandparents, step-parents or other family members who have had a significant relationship with a child and want to continue that relationship despite the breakdown of the parents’ relationship.
What sort of issues can you help me with?
Family Dispute Resolution can help you to:
- Determine parenting arrangements
- Divide property and financial matters
- Determine responsibilities and actions
- Cut through complex issues appropriately
- Negotiate mutually acceptable outcomes
- Reduce legal and emotional costs, not to mention time.
What can I expect from family dispute resolution?
For a full explanation of the FDR process including how we work with your ex-partner, download our FDR fact sheet. View a case study to see how family dispute resolution works.
Want to find out what Family Law legal terms mean? What is ‘best interests’? What is the difference between ‘separation’ and ‘divorce’?
The Family Law TermFinder is a free and accessible instant plain language translation tool.
What do I do next?
If you’d like to know more or make a time to see us, give us an obligation free call on 1800 639 523.