The law encourages families who are in dispute regarding the arrangements for children or the division of property to come to an agreement where possible.
Family dispute resolution (FDR) is a way of resolving your family law problems, by agreement, without going to court. It can be called ‘FDR’ or ‘mediation’.
In this process, an independent person helps to try to resolve some or all of the family law problems. The independent person is called a ‘family dispute resolution practitioner’ or ‘FDRP’ or ‘mediator’. They are trained in assisting people to resolve disputes. They do not have any legal powers, they do not make any decisions and they do not give legal advice. They simply try to assist people to reach agreement.
FDR can also be used to resolve disputes about:
- Dividing your property;
- Maintenance matters; and
- Child support.
FDR can be used at any time including before, during or after a separation or once court proceedings have commenced.