Family Dispute Resolution

Family Dispute Resolution is a type of mediation for couples who are separating and who disagree about shared parenting of their children and other matters of dispute.

 
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Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is now compulsory, meaning that people who wish to resolve disputes relevant to their children (parenting matters), are now required to attend Family Dispute Resolution and make a genuine effort to resolve issues, before they progress through the Family court system.

If the situation involves family violence, child abuse or very urgent matters there will usually be an exemption from the process of Family Dispute Resolution.

A certificate is required (FDR Certificate) for anyone wishing to apply to the court for a parenting order. The certificate confirms that a genuine attempt at Family Dispute Resolution was made.

As a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Chamundai Jackie Curran provides clients with support to discuss differences and develop acceptable solutions.

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Mediation sessions may take place in person, or via telephone or zoom conferencing.

The join mediation sessions are usually for 3 hours and include an introductory session to assess and arrange the most suitable mediation process.

The family dispute resolution mediation process:

  • identifies the issues which need to be resolved

  • assists both parties to listen to each other's point of view

  • encourages parties to share relevant information

  • explores ideas and options

  • tests possible solutions and options

  • works towards a written agreement

 Benefits

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 Family dispute resolution has many benefits including:

  • a saving in money and time as it is less costly and faster than the court process

  • the promotion of co-operation and communication, which enhances the ongoing parenting relationship

  • the provision of a structure in which future disputes can be resolved more readily

  • the individual's control in the decision-making process is maintained as there are no imposed decisions

  • less stress or trauma than court proceedings

  • a more effective means of conflict resolution and greater longevity as people are less likely to breach agreements that they have made themselves.

There are alternatives to Family Dispute Resolution, including engaging in the Collaborative process, involving legal practitioners trained in Collaborative Law, seeking Arbitration (a less formal legal alternative than going to court), instructing lawyers to negotiate agreements on your behalf, commencing court proceedings or resolving the issues directly yourselves.

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Giving you the support that you need

As a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Chamundai Jackie Curran provides clients with support to discuss differences and develop acceptable solutions. 

 
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