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Family Dispute Resolution

Family Dispute Resolution

Information about FDR from the Australian Government

Family Dispute Resolution

Family dispute resolution can help people affected by separation and divorce sort out their dispute as an alternative to going to court.

A family dispute resolution practitioner is an independent person who can help people discuss issues, look at options and work out how best to reach agreement in disputes about children, property or money.

If people resolve their differences without going to court they will save themselves time, money and stress.

The law now requires separating families who have a dispute about parenting arrangements to make a genuine effort to resolve that dispute by family dispute resolution before they can apply to a court.

Changes to the dispute resolution provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 have been phased in since July 2007. These changes mean that where an individual wants to apply to the court for a parenting order they will first need to attend family dispute resolution, and obtain a certificate from a registered family dispute resolution practitioner confirming an attempt at family dispute resolution was made.

There are some exceptions to this requirement, such as cases involving family violence, child abuse or urgency.

Further Information

Family dispute resolution practitioners can find useful information by following these links:

Please note: The information on these pages is unlikely to be relevant for the general public. For information about services and advice for families, please visit the Family Dispute Resolution page on Family Relationships Online.

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