Mediation is a fast, inexpensive, and confidential process. Our focus is to resolve conflict and preserve relationships.
Paul Pattison, Director
What is Family Dispute Resolution?
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a mediation process that allows parties to attempt to resolve disputes outside of court in a cost effective and less stressful environment.
In FDR, the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) assists parties to prepare for the process; identify the issues; facilitate discussion; work towards agreement / consensus; and document the outcome.
Our FDRP's are impartial and non-judgemental, and we can provide two FDRP's in matters as required.
What is the Family Dispute Resolution Process?
The FDR process begins with an Intake Session.
An Intake Session is a private consultation with each party separately with one of our qualified FDRPs.
The Intake Session is a discussion to assist the FDRP to understand each party’s issues and concerns seeking resolution. The FDRP will also explain the FDR process in greater detail. The parties are able to ask questions during the intake session to ensure they feel comfortable and informed to proceed.
At the Intake Session the FDRP will determine if the matter is suitable for FDR.
Assuming FDR is suitable, the FDRP arranges a date and time that suits both parties to undertake the FDR mediation. After hours sessions can be arranged. FDR mediation usually takes up to 4 hours.
The FDR mediation is facilitated by the FDRP and involves clarifying the issues, discussion the issues and needs, exploring how each parties needs might be met, and reaching an agreement on a way forward. Any outcomes can also be documented.
What about when Children are involved?
FDRPs are registered by the Commonwealth Attorney-General. This means that they are skilled in dealing with matters where the interests of a child/children need to be considered. The FDRP is accredited with the responsibility to issue a section 60i certificate as prescribed by the Family Law Act 1975.
Where children are involved the FDRP will assist in the preparation of a Parenting Plan - a Voluntary Agreement addressing the day to day responsibilities of each parent and/or gradparent, the pragmatic considerations of a child's daily life, including how parents are to agree and consult on significant long-term issues about their children. Children can participate through a Child Inclusive Model or Child Informed Model.