With the support and guidance of an impartial mediator, family dispute resolution assists you and your partner in identifying issues, developing options and making decisions without going to Court.
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a form of mediation that supports separating and divorcing couples and their children in resolving family disputes and reaching their own agreements.
With the support and guidance of an FDR Practitioner – an impartial mediator appointed by both parties – family dispute resolution assists you and your partner in identifying issues, developing options and making decisions without needing to go through the Family Court.
At Corish & Co we specialise in family dispute resolution. Andrew Corish is a trained and experienced FDR Practitioner and accredited as a mediator in family law.
When you and your partner are ready to participate in FDR, we will facilitate the process in a safe and supportive environment and encourage open and honest communication to properly resolve the issues in dispute.
The Family Law Act stipulates that separating or divorcing parents must attempt FDR before applying to the Family Court for parenting orders. Family situations involving violence, child abuse or urgent matters are exempt from FDR. Currently, there are no legal requirements to resolve property matters and financial issues prior to making an application to court.
Family Dispute Resolution is considered the quickest and most practical and cost-effective process for you and your family to resolve family disputes and reach a mutually suitable settlement.
The Family Dispute Resolution Process
- Firstly, both you and your partner must agree to participate in the FDR process.
- As your FDR practitioner, we then meet with you both separately to assess your situation.
- During the confidential assessment, we help to identify the issues that need to be resolved.
- We then arrange and facilitate one or more joint sessions either between you and your partner or also with your respective legal representatives involved.
- In each joint session you are both given the opportunity to openly express your points of view.
- We encourage and assist you to openly discuss the issues in dispute and consider different options to resolve those issues.
- If agreements are reached, we assist you to enter into appropriate written Agreements and Consent Orders.
Contact us to learn more about whether Family Dispute Resolution is suitable for your situation.