Family Dispute Resolution

  • The family dispute resolution practitioner works with separated or divorced couples to formalize post separation parenting arrangements, as well as financial agreements, that are mutually agreeable to both parties, whilst keeping conflict to a minimum.
  • Agreements reached in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) can remain informal arrangements or form the basis for legal agreements, otherwise known as Consent Orders.
  • An Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner is able to issue Certificates: (Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975), a required document if separating couples are wanting to apply to the Court for a Consent Order. Exemptions may apply.
  • Family Dispute Resolution is an alternative to legal services. Settling your post separation parenting and/or financial matters through Family Dispute Resolution is a lot less adversarial, expensive, or time consuming than going to court, and the agreements reached in family dispute resolution can be as legally binding.
  • Family dispute resolution is also offered to parents with existing parenting plans requiring a review or amendments due to a change in circumstances.

Child Inclusive Sessions

Our child inclusive practitioner has over 20 years experience working with children who have experienced varying degrees of stress and/or trauma. Consider allowing your children to see our Practitioner if you and your former partner feel it would be helpful for them to tell their stories and thoughts. At no time will children be asked to make decisions. This (often one off) session gives children the opportunity to talk about how they are coping and what is important to them. Having a better understanding of your children's thoughts may assist in reducing parental conflict and be useful in drawing up a parenting plan. Not all children benefit from these sessions and the Practitioner will undertake a thorough assessment with both parents before deciding whether or not to proceed.