Family Dispute Resolution

  • The family dispute resolution practitioner works closely with separated or divorced couples in Melbourne to formalize post separation parenting arrangements that are mutually agreeable to both parties.
  • Agreements reached in family dispute resolution (FDR) can remain informal arrangements or form the basis for legal agreements, otherwise known as Consent Orders.
  • 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 children's 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 or consent orders requiring a review or amendments due to a change in circumstances.