Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

Clark & Associates Mediation Services provide Accredited Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services to help families affected by separation and divorce communicate about parenting and property issues.

The Family Law Act 1975 requires separating families, who have a dispute about children, to make a genuine effort to try and resolve those issues through FDR before filing an Application for Parenting Orders in Court.

The requirement to participate in family mediation applies to anyone wanting to make an Application with a family law Court. It also includes those seeking changes to an existing parenting Order.

There are a few exceptions to this requirement, such as cases involving family violence, child abuse or urgency.

Unless an exception applies, parties seeking to have a parenting Order made by a Court will need to file a Certificate from an Accredited FDR practitioner.  The certificate is issued under section 60I of the Act.

An FDR practitioner (FDRP) is an independent mediator who can help people discuss issues, look at options and work out how best to reach agreement in disputes about children.

Reaching agreement by way of FDR might:

  • focus on your child or children's best interests
  • establish a sustainable parenting plan or parenting consent orders
  • assist you co-parent your child or children into the future
  • assist you conduct a respectful separation
  • greatly reduce the financial and emotional costs of legal proceedings

If an agreement is reached it can be formalised by either:

  • Parenting Plan; or
  • Applying to the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court for Consent Orders.

Need an FDRP?

Contact our FDRPs Kate Clark, Linda Kochanski and Amanda Hickey