Family Dispute Resolution

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Interact Support Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services are delivered by accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners who contribute their spare capacity to work with Interact.

Get help to:

  • Negotiate a financial settlement at the end of a relationship
  • Discuss and develop a Parenting Agreement
  • Re-negotiate a Parenting Agreement
  • Review the implementation of a Parenting Agreement or Court Orders
Family Dispute Resolution is a respectful way of reaching agreements following separation

Did you know?

Did you know?

You must attempt Family Dispute Resolution for parenting issues and get a Section 60i Certificate before you are allowed to apply to the Family Court for a Court Order. (unless an exception applies)

Did you know?

That even paying full fees for a comprehensive Family Dispute Resolution service you can negotiation a full Property Settlement and Parenting Agreement ready to be made into enforcable Consent Orders for 10 – 20% of the lowest cost Court Case.

 Did you know?

Interact Support has specialist Family Dispute Resolution services available for high conflict families to help keep you out of court.

Did you know?

Interact Support works with independent Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners who provide Hardship and Low Income Family Dispute Resolution Services at a very low cost.

Well now you know!

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Parenting Agreements

Parenting Family Dispute Resolution is designed to help empower families to reach their own agreements about their children in a safe and respectful way.  Our FDR Practitioners are trained to provide you with the support you need to properly prepare for the mediation process and to work towards an agreement in the best interest of your children’s.

Property FDR

Property Mediation is a process designed to help you to reach agreement about the way that you will divide up your assets after your separation. We encourage you to get an understanding of the things that a court would consider and the range of likely outcomes that would come from going to court and then working it out yourselves and not waste the money required to go to court.

Making your agreement enforceable

You can make the agreement that you reach in mediation legally binding and enforceable by getting Consent Orders. Consent Orders have exactly the same legal status as an order made by a judge but cost a tiny fraction of the cost. Find out more about the Consent Order service offered by Interact Support

Face to face meeting (limited locations available)

You can bring along a support worker or family member

Risk assessment to determine if FDR is appropriate

Preparation for FDR if it is going to proceed

Includes Section 60i Certificate if FDR is refused or unsuitable

Children can not attend these sessions. Please arrange child care as we will not proceed with the session if children are present.

Why participate in Family Dispute Resolution?

The benefits of a Separation or Divorce Consulation

When you have conflict in your home it can be really confusing to work out what your options are and who to turn to for help.

Everyone has an opinion and sometimes the advice you receive is uninformed, biased or self-interested.  Lawyers will often want to head straight to court but while sometimes going to court is the only option left available to you it is not the only option and often not the best option. Going to court should be a considered decision and not the automatic response.

That is because going to the Family Court costs a lot of money and guarantees that you will be locked in conflict for years further affecting your family relationships. When you are in court it also significantly affects your ability to communicate and resolve day to day issues with your former partner if you are continuing to co-parent.

Going to court is like having surgery to separate. Sometimes your relationship is so sick that it seems like you require the order of a judge in order to reach a resolution but the reality is only about 15% of matters the start in the Family Course actually get to the stage of a Final Court Order. Most are worked out by a compromise during the court process and after a lot of cost and distress.

The greatest benefit of the Separation or Divorce Consultation is that it will help you to face the reality of your situation and all of the options you have to improve your situation while also maintaining a high priority on making sure that you, your former partner and your children are safe from harm or from further harm.

The consultant will help you to understand your situation, consider your options and develop a plan to move forward and take back control of your life.

Before you separate

If you can considering separation but are confused about your options a Separation or Divorce Consultation can be a great first step.  If you have not had legal advice the Consultant can help you to prepare to get good quality legal advice.

Separation may not be the only or best option but when considering ending a relationship it pays to talk with someone who understands the family law system but doesn’t have a vested interest in any one of those options. Find out what your options are, especially if you have concerns about your safety or the safety of your children.

During the Separation

We hear many, many stories of people who spend excessive amounts of money on family law and usually that is because they do not understand how to work well with lawyers.  The fact that your lawyer quoted you $10,000 or $20,000 doesn’t mean you may not be in for a very expensive surprise if you are not keeping track of how they cost of the process.

If you feel that you are not being well advised, feel that you are locked out of the family law system or feeling lost or confused for any other reason you may benefit from a Separation or Divorce Consultation.

When Trying to Co-Parent

If you have finalized your property settlement that is generally the end of that stage of your separation. Arrangements for children many need to be adjusted as your children grow and their needs change. There are many ways to achieve this and they do not normally require you to go back to court or put up with orders that don’t work for anyone.Save

What happens in a Separation or Divorce Consultation Session?

During the Separation or Divorce Consultation the consultant will help you to gain clarity about your goals and options in regards to your current situation. When you are separating there are the Financial and Legal aspects to consider but also very much the emotional side of things.

Unlike a legal consultation where the lawyer will focus only on the legal issues the consultant in a Separation and Divorce Consultant will be talking with you about the bigger picture of navigating through the many challenges associated with separating.

Because the consultant is a Family Law Professional they will also be helping you to bring together the information you need to get good quality legal advice and help you to prepare to speak with a lawyer if you are not aware of your rights and obligations under Family Law.

During your Guidance Session we  help you to go through a structured process of :

  • collecting the basic information needed for family law
  • clarifying your current situation and the issues you are experiencing
  • finding out about your family and what you want to change
  • exploring what you have already tried and other options you may not have considered
  • supporting you to decide what your next step or steps should be to move towards a safer, more positive and respectful situation for you and your children
Is a Separation or Divorce Consultation the same as a Legal Advice and Strategy Session?

No. Guidance Sessions are facilitated by Family Dispute Resolution practitioners with additional training from Interact Support. Guidance Sessions are not legal advice sessions but we can help you to prepare and refer you to a lawyer if you need legal advice.

Legal advice is important but it is only part of the picture when you are ending a relationship and usually lawyers are only able to assist you with the legal aspect of your situation.

Is a Separation or Divorce Consultation the same as Marriage Counselling?

No. During the Separation or Divorce Consultation you may identify that individual, couples or family counseling may be beneficial for you but the Guidance Session does not use a counseling methodology.

It is more like a coaching session in that you clarify your goals and with the help of the practitioner reality test it and work out a plan to achieve them.  Guidance sessions are designed to help you to understand your options and work out what to do and are much more focused than a counseling session.

Often only one person from a couple comes to the Separation or Divorce Consultation but it is quite acceptable for both to attend if you want to have an amicable separation and avoid the conflict that can often be generated by going to individual lawyers as your only source of information.

If you are not crystal clear about your options book in for a Separation or Divorce Consultation

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