Family disputes can be difficult for all involved, the sooner you start talking about the issues with a mediator, the better the outcomes.
A service to help separating families resolves their family law disputes. The Family Dispute Resolution Service (formerly known as the Family Mediation Service) includes education,
information, counselling, dispute resolution, conciliation and group work to help couples who are separating to resolve their family law disputes. These disputes may include conflicts over
child care, child support, financial arrangements and property settlement. Family Dispute Resolution endeavours to help separating couples reach agreements that are in the best interest of their children. It also encourages separating couples to parent cooperatively. Parenting Plans (pdf) or agreements are used to assist in this process.
Family Dispute Resolution is a process by which people who are in conflict can be helped to communicate with each other about what is important for them and how to make decisions about
resolving their dispute. Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is now compulsory, in the sense that people who wish to go to court to resolve disputes in relation to their children (parenting matters), are now required to first attend FDR, and make a ‘genuine effort’ to resolve their disputes. Some exceptions to this requirement apply – for example, in situations involving family violence or child abuse, or in urgent matters.