Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a mediation service, which is part of the wider Family Justice system delivered by the Ministry of Justice.
The Family Justice system is designed to help people resolve their care of children issues without the time, expense and stress of going to court. This in turn frees up the courts to focus on cases that most need judicial expertise, especially those involving domestic violence. Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a critical part of the government’s family justice system, and is designed to help families reach agreement on parenting arrangements after separation.
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 Fair Way’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 cost of $448.50 per person including GST, by using Fair Way FDR mediators. To find out whether you qualify for government funding call us 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 our FDR team on 0800 77 44 20 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also register online here.