Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a process in which a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) helps parties resolve their disputes. As a respected Family Law Firm in Perth and Joondalup, Paterson & Dowding can assist you with these disputes, which might include who your children will live with, who they will spend time with, and what to do about your shared property. FDR can help separating or separated couples or interested parties reach an agreement without having to go to Court.
If you are intending to ask the Court for parenting orders, or to make changes to current parenting orders, you will be required (except in very limited circumstances) to attend FDR and obtain an FDR Certificate before being able to commence Court proceedings.
There is no requirement for you to attend FDR if you only want to resolve property or financial matters. However, FDR can be a timely and cost effective process to help resolve these sorts of disputes, allowing individuals to retain control of the solutions.
An FDRP is a person who has undertaken special training and is nationally accredited to satisfy certain legislative requirements and standards. An FDRP is independent of all the parties involved.