Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is the legal term for specialist mediation that helps people affected by separation and divorce to resolve their family disputes.
At Resolve Mediation FDR can assist parties to reach agreements on a range of issues relating to children, property and finances, including specific issues such as communication, relocation, travel, schooling, culture and pets.
This service can be offered face-to-face or remotely via telephone or Zoom.
FDR is compulsory for anyone wanting to apply to the Family Courts for disputes relating to children. A S.60I Certificate provided by a FDR practitioner is required in order to make an application to the courts.
All our practitioners are accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners by the Attorney General’s Department to provide these certificates.
FDR is confidential, time efficient and cost-effective, reducing stress and saving money. 

Research shows that decisions made by the parties themselves are more readily adhered to than those imposed on them by a third party.

FDR is a process in which the parties are actively involved in resolving their disputes, coming up with the solutions that work best for their family.

Our highly trained FDR practitioners help families facilitate better communication, focus on the best interests of the children and move forward in a cooperative and positive way. 
FDR can only be provided by FDR practitioners who are specially accredited under the Family Law Act 1975 and registered with the Attorney General’s Department. 

S.60I certificates can only be issued by accredited and registered FDR practitioners.
An FDR Practitioner is a highly skilled, independent and neutral third party who helps people affected by separation and divorce to resolve their parenting issues by providing a structured process and facilitating negotiations in relation to parenting, property and finances. 

FDR Practitioners do not take sides nor provide legal advice and are not counsellors. 
We help parties
– Generate ideas and options
– Negotiate in good faith
– Reality test ideas
– Reach agreements that are child and future focused. 
We recommend parties seek independent legal advice prior to attending mediation and especially before making any agreements in FDR.

Lawyers can be involved during the mediation process by:
-attending FDR with you
-speaking to you during the FDR session or at any stage in the process
-advising you before any agreements are made in FDR
We meet each party separately to assess whether FDR is suitable. 
This usually takes approximately 1-1.5 hours.
If FDR is suitable, a mediation session is arranged. These sessions usually take approximately 2 hours.
Sometimes matters can be resolved in one session, sometimes more sessions are required if there are more topics to cover.
We assist you to reach agreements that you can live with, and which enable you to move forward. 
Agreements reached in mediation are not legally binding. For children’s matters, we can assist you in preparing a Parenting Plan. 
A Parenting Plan is a written record of an agreement between the parties that is signed and dated. 
To make your Parenting Plan legally binding, you can take your agreement to your lawyer who can arrange for it to be made into a consent order. 
Agreements made about property, finance, superannuation, maintenance and child support will also be documented by your mediator and may be taken to a lawyer to be into a legally binding document. 
FDR is an entirely confidential process.
Anything said in FDR is not admissible in any court proceedings and your mediator cannot be subpoenaed to give evidence.
An exception to this relates to disclosures about risk to children, people or property or the commission or likely commission of any offense.
Children to not attend FDR sessions.
You can discuss with your mediator about your child meeting separately with a Child Consultant as part of Child Inclusive FDR.
If you attend FDR and are unable to reach agreement, we can issue a S.60I certificate which will enable you to make an application to the courts.