Alternative Dispute Resolution is a Process conducted by an independent qualified Practitioner to assist parties to resolve some or all of their matters in dispute. The appropriate process will be mutually agreed in advance by the Practitioner and the parties.
All of the above processes involve the following:
* Issues / Concerns / Goals Identification for all parties
* Facilitated Communication
* Assisted Negotiation
* Mutual Decision Making
* Structured Agreement Drafting
** Assisted by an impartial third person (the Mediator / FDRP)
These disputes can include but are not limited to:
Family Business Matters
General Business Matters
Disputes between Separating Spouses / Partners
Post Separation Property/Financial settlements
Post Separation Children’s Care Arrangements – Parenting Plans
Personal Injury / Medical Settlements
General Property / Neighbourhood Disputes
The Practitioner assists by helping the parties identify their concerns / issues, needs, goals, and interests and to consider alternatives to assist them to reach agreement and resolve their dispute on an emotional / relationship; procedural and / or substantive level.
The Practitioner does not offer any expert advice on the subject matter of the dispute, the Law or the most appropriate outcome. Rather the Practitioner will empower the parties to find their own solutions / resolution through a range of appropriate skills and the suitable process.
Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediation, Facilitation and Conciliation
Family Dispute Resolution / Family Mediation
Family Dispute Resolution is a process conducted by an independent qualified and registered Practitioner (FDRP / Family Mediator) to assist families, including separated families resolve some or all of their disputes. Generally, these disputes relate to parenting and children’s issues and post separation financial matters.
The Practitioner assists by helping the parties identify their concerns, issues for resolution, needs, goals and interests and to consider alternatives to assist them to reach agreement and resolve their dispute on emotional / relationship; procedural and / or substantive levels. The
Practitioner does not offer any expert advice on the subject matter of the dispute, the Law or the most appropriate outcome; however in FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) the Family Mediator / FDRP will provide research and evidence based information to the parties so they can reach informed decisions. Throughout the process the Practitioner will empower the parties to find their own solutions as they are the experts in their lives and in their children’s best interests.
Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, if required, can issue section 60 (i) certificates in children's matters to confirm to a Court that an attempt at Family Dispute Resolution was made. A legal definition can be found in the Family Law Act 1975.