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Any parenting decisions have to go through FDR family mediation and at least try mediation, before you can apply to court. In cases where there has been violence then you can ask for an exemption for mediation, but most mediations actually resolve parenting disputes, so it is worth trying.
About this service
Whilst most people reach agreement on parenting arrangements privately, some people need extra help. FDR is a nationwide mediation service that helps people discuss their parenting arrangements. An FDR Provider (mediator) will work with all parties so that a practical agreement can be reached that supports the best interests of the child.
How the process works
Anyone involved in a dispute about the care of children can go to FDR. The focus of FairWay’s FDR service is to help parties build a better understanding of their children’s needs, and a better co-parenting relationship. Our FDR mediators’ emphasis is on building parties’ communication skills, which will help you make your own joint decisions for your children in the future.
FDR mediation is free of charge if you qualify for government funding. If you do not qualify for full funding, you will still be able to access FDR at a total cost of $897 including GST, by using FairWay FDR mediators. To find out whether you qualify for government funding call on 0800 77 44 20 and talk to one of our Resolution Coordinators.
Where to start
To start the FDR process to resolve a dispute about parenting arrangements or for further information, please call the FDR team on 0800 77 44 20 FREE or email at***@******.***