If you are thinking of separating, have separated or are divorcing family dispute resolution (FDR) is a type of mediation to assist you to resolve your issues without having the need to go to Court.
The Family Law Act requires parents to attend family dispute resolution (mediation) before they can proceed to Court. If you are able to resolve your issues at mediation you will not have to attend Court, which can be time consuming and expensive.
You can only apply to a family law court for a parenting order when you have a certificate from an accredited FDR practitioner which states that you have made a genuine effort to resolve your dispute through FDR. The requirement to participate in FDR applies to new applications, and applications seeking changes to an existing parenting order.
Mediation will assist parents to reach agreements on issues such as:
The role of the mediator is to remain impartial and neutral, not to give advice or make judgements and to maintain confidentiality. The mediator is there to facilitate the mediation process, assist in identifying and exploring options to resolve the dispute, and to arrive at a parenting plan or financial agreements that is acceptable to both parents.
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