Family Dispute Resolution
In most circumstances Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a pre-requisite for seeking settlement of family law disputes where children are involved before a party to a matter can apply to a court for a parenting order. It may also be appropriate to attend some form of FDR in relation to some property disputes and child support matters.
Exceptions to the requirement to attend FDR in relation to children’s matters are when there are allegations of family violence, child abuse or the matter is urgent. FDR utilised in the early stages of proceedings can circumvent the adversarial process which can be lengthy and expensive, and assist you in negotiating a resolution of outstanding issues as early as possible, hopefully assisting you and the other parent in rebuilding a good working relationship, which is ultimately in the best interests of the child or children.