Family Dispute Resolution

What is Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)?

The Federal Government is committed to increasing the awareness and provision of alternatives to litigation, especially for family law disputes.  For many families, post-separation is a life crisis that requires a holistic approach from service providers.

Family dispute resolution (FDR) is the term used in Part II of the Family Law Act 1975 to describe a process in which a family dispute resolution practitioner assists people affected, or likely to be affected, by separation or divorce to resolve some or all of their disputes with each other.  Before filing an application in court for parenting orders, it is a requirement to attempt FDR in parenting matters unless an exception applies e.g. family violence or child abuse.

Family dispute resolution allows couples or families to have difficult conversations in a safe, calm and controlled environment.  It enables separated couples to discuss and then make their own decisions about how they would like to resolve their post separation issues whether it be in relation to their children or in reaching an agreement in regards to property & financial settlement. It is a future focussed, impartial and non-judgemental process.

A mediator’s job is about finding common ground and reopening communication channels, even when this may seem like an impossible task. Agreements that are fair, workable and sustainable are essential elements to mediation, so the mediators at CMP work with their clients to make sure these are achieved.