FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) provides mediation for separated or separating parents to reach agreement on parenting plans. Mediation focuses on childrens’ needs and resolving disputes as an alternative to court.
The resolution process helps parents engage in conversations about how they can support their children and minimise the emotional, social and economic cost of separation.
A qualified practitioner guides parents through discussions about sharing decision-making in regard to their child’s welfare that is mutually-satisfactory for both parties.
Our child inclusive FDR Kids Biz program provides children and families an understanding of separation from the child’s perspective. Children meet with a child consultant to talk about their experience of separation, giving the child a voice in the FDR process. The child’s conversation then informs the parents’ discussions and decisions around parenting agreements.
Kids Biz may not be appropriate or necessary for everyone and will be discussed with each family on an individual basis.
Regional families can access our Family Dispute resolution service from our satellite locations. To confirm availability of our service in your area please contact our Duty Worker.
Family Dispute Resolution Sessions are calculated on the below sliding scale.
Families earning under $50,000 pa 3 hours of joint FDR session – Free
Families earning over $50,000 pa 1 hour of joint FDR session – Free
Each hour single or joint FDR session thereafter – $30
In situations where a family is experiencing financial hardship our Intake Officer can discuss payment options and in some cases fees may be waived.
We are committed to providing a safe environment for our clients and can put into place arrangements to assist with your safety or the safety of your children.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call our Ballarat office on 1300 303 988.
Our receptionist will book you in for a phone appointment with our Duty Worker.
The Duty Worker will discuss your concerns and Family Dispute Resolution needs with you and complete some initial paperwork. An appointment will also be made for you to see one of our Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners.
Family Advice Line
The Family Relationship Advice Line 1800 050 321 operates between 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am and 4pm Saturday.
Family Relationships online provides access to information about changes to the family law system and family relationship issues and services available www.familyrelationships.gov.au
An interpreter service can be arranged if required.