Tired of disagreement, dispute and difficult relationships?
Do you need help with a Parenting Plan?
Help resolving your parenting disputes is available with the choice of business or after hours appointments in a professional and confidential setting.
Joint mediation is often available within 7-14 days (or earlier) of the completion of individual preliminary sessions with a professional and experienced FDR Practitioner. Business and after hours appointments available.
Parenting disputes may be effectively resolved without going to Court
Disagreement about arrangements for children
Parenting disputes can be disruptive and damaging. There are hurt feelings, anger and resentment, making resolution of the dispute even more difficult without professional support. Disagreement, disputes and difficult relationships are draining emotionally, financially and negatively affect every member of the family including the children.
Prompt and professional support
With professional support, prompt appointments and the FDR Practitioner effectively preparing you and the other parent for Family Dispute Resolution, a successful outcome is possible.
In fact, in excess of 80 % of parents that effectively engage with this service reach an Agreement that is satisfactory to all concerned. As a FDR Practitioner, Dr Rhonda Emonson (PhD) has been assisting parents since 2006 and has researched the effective preparation of parents at a PhD level. To read her research, visit: [email protected]
You are assured of a professional, prompt and caring approach to managing your current difficulties.
Resolve parenting disputes quickly and effectively
Once an argument gets heated and emotional, it becomes hard to think straight or communicate effectively. Emotions get in the way. FDR Practitioners are impartial. They will assist you and the other parent to discuss the issues in dispute and consider different options, while encouraging you both to focus on the needs of the children. A FDR Practitioner is skilled in facilitating difficult conversations, even though each parent is often emotionally and physically exhausted. Having an impartial third party present provides structure and enables each parent to be heard.
Reaching agreement without going to court
Part of the problem with parenting disputes is that often both parents believe the other parent is 100% wrong and they are 100% right. Because of this, neither side is willing to look at ways to resolve the issues between them. With Family Dispute Resolution, we work with you to find a solution that works for both parents and to reach an agreement that is developmentally appropriate for any children involved. For further information visit: family court.gov.au
Reaching an Agreement
With Family Dispute Resolution, both parents reach an agreement, date and sign the Agreement prior to leaving the session. From there, parents are encouraged to seek legal advice about the Agreement being legally binding. In fact, legal advice is encouraged at any stage of the FDR process.
Reaching an Agreement enables parents and children to ‘get on with their lives‘ and to have structure in arrangements regarding their children. For further information visit: www.familyrelationships.gov.au
The Process and Pricing
Book your Intake and Assessment (also called Preliminary Conference)
Either parent may initiate Family Dispute Resolution by telephoning 02 60 413242 or emailing [email protected] to book a Preliminary Conference. A referral is not needed.
At the Preliminary Conference, a comprehensive history is taken and preparation occurs for the joint session.
The preliminary conference is 1.5 hrs in duration. Cost is $180.00 per hour per person. After hours and business hour appointments are offered as well as normal business hour appointments. As there is a high demand for this service (although no waiting lists, your fee for the Preliminary Conference must be received at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to secure the booking.
Other parent is contacted in writingFollowing the preliminary conference with the parent that initiated the process, the FDR Practitioner writes a letter to the other parent inviting them to come in for their preliminary conference. Each session is confidential and each parent is responsible for paying their own fee at the time of the session.
Preliminary ConferenceThe preliminary conference is then held with the parent that is responding to the invitation to reach agreement about children or property. The format and cost for the preliminary conference is the same for each parent with each session being confidential.
Joint Mediation SessionWhen both preliminary conferences have been held, parents meet with the FDR Practitioner in a three hour session. When Agreement is reached, that Agreement is written down and both parents date and sign before leaving the session. Parents are advised to seek legal advice about their Agreement prior to, during or after the Mediation session. The cost for the joint mediation session is $540.00 per person and payable at time of confirming session time to secure booking.