Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)
- Mediation where families discuss the issues in dispute and consider different options, while being encouraged to focus on the needs of their children.
- FDR uses a neutral and accredited Family Dispute Resolution practitioner.
- The main objective of FDR is to assist participants to make a parenting plan setting out the agreed future parenting arrangements.
It is compulsory under Australian family law for separated parents to attempt Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) before applying to a family law court for parenting orders.
When you are formalising an agreement through ‘consent orders’
Where family violence or child abuse is a factor
When you are responding to an application to the court
A person is unable to participate effectively (for example, due to incapacity or geographical location), or
A person has contravened and shown a serious disregard for a court order made in the last 12 months.
There are exemptions to this requirement, including: