The following case studies are based on actual mediation provided by FDR.
In this case study, an experienced mediator used a hui-a-whānau approach for parents of a young child who were referred to Family Dispute Resolution by Oranga Tamariki.
Mediator Amy Oberkircher discusses how FDR gives people a chance to take control of their own lives, their own decision making and to converse with the other parent about how their newly shaped family is going to move forward.
Family Dispute Resolution adjusts the mediation process to suit the family. Find out some of the different approaches Mediator Ngarongo Ormsby has taken.
Mediator Isabel Aldiss shares her experience of helping to ‘future proof’ families. Our mediators help families to communicate in very real terms, and really think through their arrangement and what this might be like for their child.
Families come in different shapes including multi-generational families. The common factor is getting the right outcome for the family with the least stress.
In some cases a small amount of support, and the knowledge that support is available if needed, means families resolve their own issues.
When a distressed father approached the FairWay office to ask about FDR he was able to be seen immediately by a mediator on duty.
A recent case involved some parents who had a dispute about whether to send a child to the local state school or to a church-based school. It seemed on the face of it, unlikely that this matter could be resolved at mediation.