If you decide to go to Court to argue about parenting arrangements with children, you may find you need to first attend compulsory Family Dispute Resolution (FDR). FDR is the name the Family Court uses to describe mediation. Compulsory mediation for parenting matters has existed since 2006, when research showed mediation to be a more constructive way of resolving conflict than going to Court.
FDR or mediation sessions have their agenda set by you. It can cover the division of assets, spousal maintenance agreements, parenting arrangements, contact of children with grandparents and extended family, private financial agreements around child support and communicating successfully after you’ve separated.
As a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner accredited with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, Janine Moran is qualified to work in the Australian Family Law System and to provide certificates related to mediation for the Court as required. Find out more about FDR on our FDR and Family Law Page or our Mediation FAQs page.