Is your parenting plan working?

Struggling to agree on child care arrangements? Want to make some changes, but don’t know where to go? Are communication and changeovers a challenge? FairWay’s Family Dispute Resolution team are in Whanganui to help.

In March, several members of the FairWay team will support their local Whanganui mediator colleagues to provide Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services. Family Dispute Resolution is a mediation service that assists parents and caregivers to reach their own parenting arrangements for their children . Over the course of the week beginning 25 March 2019, our team of qualified mediators will provide the opportunity for many FDR mediations to take place for families across the Whanganui, Hawera and Marton area.  Whanganui has been chosen for this project because it is recognised internationally as a Restorative City where its citizens work together to resolve disputes.

What does it cost?

FDR is a government funded service which for many families is entirely free.

For example, if you are a parent earning about $54,000.00 with two children you are likely to be eligible for the free service. Neither your assets nor the income of your partner is included in the assessment. 

Find out if you qualify for full funding:



If you are not eligible for the free service, then the cost to you will be $448.50 including GST and payment arrangements are available.

All parents are entitled to a free assessment to determine whether or not the dispute is suitable for mediation. 

What can I expect?

If you have a dispute about the care of your children or in respect of a guardianship decision that you can’t resolve, please get in touch with FairWay.

If both parties agree to attend FDR, we can usually arrange for a mediator to be appointed immediately and for the mediation to be arranged within a few weeks. FDR has an impressive success rate, averaging at 83% of parents reaching agreement on some or all matters over the past four years.

During the week of March 25th, FairWay will have a ‘pop up’ office in Whanganui where several mediators will be based each day. They will be working with parents and providing them with an opportunity to clarify the issues in dispute, to generate possible solutions and develop a plan that fits the needs of their family.  

Start the process

Please get in touch with the Family Dispute Resolution team to begin the process and mention ‘FDR Whanganui.’

Phone: 0800 77 44 20
Register online: Click here