Family law disputes are one of the major issues in every modern society which cost us too much time, money and heartache. Going through a separation or divorce is one of the toughest times of our lives. The key to managing the stress, while keeping the children safe, is finding the effective mechanisms to resolve the family law-related issues between you and your former partner. Family Dispute resolution and Mediation are alternative dispute resolution system which is specifically designed to help the separating families to reach an agreement without going to court. In 2008 the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) was introduced in Australia as a part of the Family Law Act 1975. If you need more information about FDR, please visit (https://www.familyrelationships.gov.au/separation/family-mediation-dispute-resolution#:~:text=Family%20Dispute%20Resolution%20(FDR)%20is,the%20needs%20of%20their%20children) for more details.
Family Dispute Resolution is a special mediation process where an independent and trained Family Law Dispute Resolution practitioner helps people, who are affected or likely to be affected by separation or divorce, to resolve their disputes. During a Family Dispute Resolution, the parties discuss the issues in dispute and consider different options available, while being encouraged to focus on the needs of their children.
Under the Australian family law, the separated parents must attempt the Family Dispute Resolution before applying to a family law court for parenting orders. It is a practical and cost-effective way of separating families to sort out their differences and to agree on future parenting arrangements with professional help.
Courtesy: Bonhi Banerjee, Law Circuit
Edited: Malobi Sinha