Family Dispute Resolution is a process conducted by an independent Practitioner to assist families, including separated families resolve some or all of their disputes. Generally, these disputes relate to parenting and children’s issues.
The Practitioner assists by helping the parties identify their issues, needs and interests and to consider alternatives to assist them to reach agreement and resolve their dispute. 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 as they are the experts in their lives.
Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, if required, can issue section 60 (i) certificates 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.