Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation
Family Dispute Resolution or mediation can assist you and your family to cope with the upheaval of separation and divorce and to make arrangements for post-separation parenting and division of your property pool.
At Positive Solutions, our Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRPs) can assist you by facilitating negotiations relating to parenting, grand parenting, property and financial matters and providing helpful information and resources. As a child centred organisation, we keep your children’s best interests at the core of all negotiations.
When should I access family dispute resolution or mediation services?
If you are thinking of separating or have made a decision to separate, you can contact our service to book an appointment with an FDRP. This appointment will provide you with information about the family dispute resolution (FDR) process and resources.
If you’re seeking Consent Orders regarding your children, FDR is a mandatory (with some exceptions) first step.
What happens in the mediation process?
- Intake: You attend a confidential individual intake session with the FDRP. In this intake session your goals and concerns will be discussed and relevant details will be gathered regarding the history of the issues. The FDRP will talk to you about your children and discuss the next steps.
- Pre-mediation: You attend a further individual session to assist you to define your agenda and to help you to prepare to participate in the joint session.
- Dispute Resolution or mediation: Both parties attend a joint* session where they identify the issues in dispute, develop options and proposals and work towards reaching agreement. Subsequent sessions may be required to address the issues. *The option of Shuttle mediation (mediation in separate spaces) can be discussed with your FDRP.
- Agreement signing:Where FDR results in an agreement your FDRP will draft a parenting plan or property agreement which you are invited to sign and date.
- If the FDR process is unable to proceed your FDRP will issue you with a 60I certificate.
What will it cost?
Your first individual session is free. Positive Solutions receives funding to provide FDR services and our costs are calculated in relation to your income. Please contact us for more information.
How do I attend?
Positive Solutions has offices across Tasmania and appointments are available face to face, via phone or online.
What is an Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)?
Our FDRPs have qualifications in social sciences, conflict management and law. They are accredited, and registered with the Attorney Generals Department.
FDRPs are impartial and do not impose decisions or give you advice. They assist you to identify your needs and concerns, explore and develop options and proposals, and guide your discussions towards future focussed decision making.
To find our more information or to make an apppointment please contact us.