WHAT IS FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION?
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) offers a much more effective means for parties to resolve disputes, saving time, money and significant stress.
Together with the FDR practitioner who is a neutral third party, parties resolve issues that arise as a result of separation using a negotiation process. The best interests of any children remain the focus of the dispute resolution
FDR aims to assist children by helping families build better relationships and to focus parents on their children’s needs. Parents are assisted and supported by the FDR practitioner to establish effective arrangements for the care of their children, to communicate more effectively and to keep their relationship conflict separate. The process is child focused and in some cases child inclusive.
Parties reach agreement about disputed matters, rather than a judge or a court imposing decisions upon them. Unlike the adversarial court process, FDR is conducted in a neutral, calm and discreet environment reducing levels of conflict and assisting couples to deal with important issues at a crucial time in their lives.
By opting for family dispute resolution, parents can spare themselves and their children from the emotional damage litigation can cause.
In the past two decades there has been an enormous amount of research conducted about the emotional and financial consequences of separation and divorce. The personal and interpersonal stresses and distractions affect all members of the family unit.
Parties who engage in litigation are often faced with costly and often prohibitive legal bills and become engaged in an adversarial process which can last anywhere from months to years.
Recent changes in Family Law require separating parties to attempt to reach agreement in regard to their children prior to being able to apply to court. This is achieved through family dispute resolution which is a practical and cheaper way for separating families to reach agreement. There are some exceptions to this requirement, such as cases involving family violence or child abuse. In these cases, it will be up to the mediator to assess suitability.