Family Dispute Resolution
When we commit to a partner we understand the importance of co-operation, compromise and communication. Unfortunately these skills seem to disappear in the face of a separation. We can guide you through the process and remind you how to communicate effectively and end your relationship with dignity.
Legal and Financial advice is not provided by our Mediators. Should you wish to seek advice prior to, or during the mediation process, please reach out to us for a referral to several excellent legal practitioners or organisations who can assist self-representing clients with their options for binding agreements.
FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) is a form of mediation facilitated by an independent, and registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).
FDR is a practical way for separating families to try to resolve any disagreements and make arrangements for the future without going to court. If you reach agreement with the assistance of an FDRP you can enter into a parenting plan or Consent Orders so that the agreement is made in to binding court orders
Except in limited circumstances, the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act) requires you to obtain a certificate from a registered FDRP before you file an application for an order in relation to a child under Part VII of the Act. Part VII of the Act covers applications for several different types of orders relating to children.
As a mediator, I know this as fact. Going down the legal pathway, unless you are going down it by mutual agreement - can make a bad situation worse. Take the same situation, apply mediation before you seek counsel - and co-create a much better outcome. Separation mediation offers an alternative to the traditional adversarial approach to divorce. But it is not magic. It involves being creative, considerate, and most of all - future focused. Mediation promotes co-operation and goodwill, and encourages clients to accept mutual responsibility for the final outcome.