This article was originally published in The Family Advocate, Volume 21, Issue 2 - Written by Kate Lash
As a practicing Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) mediator and Voice Of Child Specialist (VOCS) with FairWay Resolution Limited, I have had the benefit of seeing this new VOCS role in action from both sides of the story. A VOCS won’t be necessary in all FDR mediations, but in many it can be helpful, influential or even pivotal. I have covered several case studies below for an insight into the process.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, He tamariki, He whānau
I have the best job in the world! I get to care for, respect and support people who are moving through a change in their whānau situation. As a Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) mediator, I get to work with individuals who may be going through a separation or perhaps they were never in a relationship but through their connection they have become parents.
Written by Keri Morris and Chris LaHatte for LawTalk
FairWay’s Keri Morris and Chris LaHatte have published an article on methods for resolving family disputes in the December 2019 edition of LawTalk. LawTalk is the official magazine of the New Zealand Law Society.
I love this phrase as it pertains to so many aspects of our lives - what we do at work, resolving disputes, our personal health and wellbeing, our fitness, our happiness and environment factors such as climate change to name a few.