Family Dispute Resolution (as mandated by the Family Law Act.)
If you decide to go to Court to resolve issues regarding parenting arrangements for your children, you may find you need to first attend compulsory Family Dispute Resolution (FDR). FDR is the name the Family Court uses to describe mediation. In FDR, parties identify the relevant issues in a dispute, and investigate alternative solutions with the assistance of the family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), an impartial third party. Compulsory mediation for parenting matters has existed since 2006, when research showed mediation to be a more constructive way of resolving conflict than going to Court.
FDR is a structured, problem-solving process designed to help people manage conflict and reach agreement. FDR or mediation sessions have their agenda set by you. It can cover the division of assets, spousal maintenance agreements, parenting arrangements, contact of children with grandparents and extended family, private financial agreements around child support and communicating successfully after you have separated.
Our FDRPs are qualified mediators and registered under the Family Law Act to issue section 60(i) certificates.
Family Dispute Resolution http://www.ag.gov.au/Families/Familyrelationshipservices/Pages/default.aspx#Resolution