Family Dispute Resolution (sometimes called mediation) is a process for discussing, and making decisions about the division of assets after separation and about the care of children. The structure of Family Dispute Resolution, and the assistance of a trained neutral third party, enables people to hear and understand each other’s perspectives in ways they have not achieved before. From this foundation good agreements can grow.

Liz works with families:

  • Who have been ordered to attend Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) by a court;

  • Who are attending FDR because it is a mandatory requirement prior to starting court proceedings;

  • Who are choosing FDR because they don’t want to go to Court;

  • Who want to build a positive co-parenting relationship for the future; or

  • Who want to make sure the division of assets after separation is fair and amicably agreed.

As a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) Liz is able to issue “s60I certificates” - the certificate required by the Family Law Courts to verify that FDR has been attempted prior to the filing of an application for Court orders in relation to children.

In FDR all parties need to be able to negotiate freely and safely.  Liz uses a range of mediation models to achieve this.  FDR can be conducted with the parties in the same room, in separate rooms (sometimes called ‘shuttle mediation’) or even in separate locations.  Some people attending FDR choose to include other professionals such as lawyers, financial advisers, counsellors and child consultants.  Liz will work with you to design the process that your family needs to have a productive and fair discussion.

FDR can be used to discuss a wide range of family issues. People who come to FDR may include:

  • Recently separated couples who need to make decisions about children’s living arrangements, the division of assets and financial support for children.

  • People who have been co-parenting for a while and need help to resolve disputes that arise as children grow up and circumstances change.

  • Parents who want to find ways to communicate more effectively about their children.

  • Grandparents (and other adults important to a child) who wish to talk about their involvement in a child’s life.

  • People who want help negotiating the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement.

  • People who want to talk about roles and expectations related to conceiving a child through surrogacy or donor-assisted conception.

Liz is available during normal business hours on Mondays and Fridays.