Our Law Firm provides the services of Family Dispute Resolution.
Family Dispute Resolution, or FDR, is the legal term for services such as mediation that help people to sort out their disputes.
It can help you to agree on matters relating to property, money, and your children.
Our job is to assist you in discussing the issues and to work through your options to reach an agreement.
Before we start, we assess whether your matter is suitable for FDR and tell you about the process, your rights and obligations and the fees to be charged.
Everything said in a Family Dispute Resolution process is confidential and nothing can be used in the court, except the exceptional circumstances.
Both parties must attend the mediation process by their physical or virtual representation and, if there are no objections, you can also have a support person.
The Family Dispute Resolution practitioner will check that everyone understands what is being said and agreed upon.
In case if the dispute resolution process does not resolve your matter, the FDR practitioner can suggest other avenues to help you resolve the issues, such as family litigation.
If you can reach agreement, you should be aware that changes to your children’s care arrangements can affect your entitlements to family assistance and income support payments, and to child support.
If you reach agreement on arrangements for your children, you can put together a parenting plan. It must be dated and signed by both parties.
If you don’t attend FDR, or you do attend but do not make a genuine effort to reach an agreement, it can affect your court hearing and you may also be ordered to pay the other person’s legal costs.
After FDR you will be given a certificate proving that you have attended FDR to file your application to the Court.
You need this certificate even if you already have orders in relation to the children and want them changed.
Your FDR certificate will say either:
• the other party did not attend
• both attended and made a real effort to settle the dispute
• both attended but one or both of you did not make a real effort to settle the dispute
• your case is not appropriate for FDR, or
• the FDR practitioner decided it was inappropriate to continue after starting the process.
It can include procedures to change arrangements and resolve any disagreements in future and can be renegotiated at any time.