If you and your partner are separating or divorcing, family dispute resolution can help you to settle practical issues, such as dividing your assets and arranging care of your children, in a way which works for everyone. It removes the need for these decisions to be settled in court or through solicitors, which can be stressful and costly.
Even if your case has already gone to court, mediation can help resolve any additional issues you might have, during or after a court case. A Parenting Plan reached in FDR can modify the terms of a Court Order in most cases, avoiding the risk of a “breach” of orders if your families needs change.
In family dispute resolution sessions, you and your partner will have a confidential, individual meeting with the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner who is an impartial and specially trained family mediator.
During FDR mediation you’ll explain what needs to be settled, explore the options available, discuss your individual and collective concerns, and consider ways of reaching agreement on the issues you need to resolve. If you have children the impact of your decision on them will also be an important part of the decision making process.
Your FDR practitioner will help you and your partner to reach well-informed decisions that are practical and seem fair to both of you, without taking a side or trying to influence your decision in any way.
If you reach an agreement, the FDR practitioner will write it down in a parenting agreement or financial agreement so that all parties are clear on what has been agreed.
If your decision needs to be legally enforceable, the terms worked out in mediation can be made legally binding by applying to the court for Consent Orders or in the case of a financial agreement by establishing a binding financial agreement with the assistance of lawyers.