This page has more detail about the Family Dispute Resolution Process as well as links to additional information and resources.
The first step in the process is always a pre-mediation session with a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner to make sure FDR is safe and appropriate and help you to prepare.
If the respect in your relationship has been lost Family Dispute Resolution helps you to agree to new respectful behaviour standards while the trust rebuilds.
The agreement you reach in FDR can be temporary and used to trial options before formalising your agreement by signing it or applying for court orders.
FDR is a much quicker process than used by lawyers or the court because you remain in control throughout the process. In most cases only one or two sessions is required.
Family Dispute Resolution is a mediated negotiation process. The role of the practitioner is to help you to communicate about the issues, to discuss your options and to try to reach agreement about the way forward.
A really good way to prepare for family dispute resolution is to think about what you want in general terms as well as any not negotiables, things that you absolutely couldn’t willingly accept.
If the other person does the same it gives you both some clarity.
New Ways for Families helps to prevent your family law issues escalating out of control or if things are already bad gives you the skills to help protect your children from the life long damage that exposing them to ongoing parental conflict is likely to cause.
Mediation is a collaborative negotiation process. That means that both of you will have the opportunity to speak openly to each other and share your points of view and needs. You will each be required to listen to each other and consider each others needs.
The type of outcomes that are likely are a compromise where you each get enough of what you want to agree or ideally a collaboration where you work together to make the agreement work well for each of you. As mediation is a voluntary process the agreement must be acceptable to you both.