Dispute Resolution QLD Hub

Relationship breakdown?

need to discuss
Dividing property
and | or
Future care for children

Family dispute resolution (FDR)
is your solution

An accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)

When family disputes cannot be resolved, the matter may need to go to a court for a judge to make decisions. GOING TO COURT is a LONG, STRESSFUL and EXPENSIVE process.

The aim of mediation is to avoid the situation reaching this point. The family law system encourages separated families to come to their own arrangements in caring for their children without going to court.

This is when people may need to use a more formal mediation process with
an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)


Mediation is a method of resolving any differences between you and your former partner with the assistance of a neutral third party. The third party is referred to as a mediator. They can assist you in reaching an agreement on financial, property, or child-related concerns. Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a special type of mediation for helping separating families come to their own agreements. 

It is not necessary to seek legal advice before coming to FDR. Before going to a lawyer, you can try mediation. You can seek legal advice at any stage, but a lawyer eventually will refer you to the FDRP.

It is compulsory (with only some exceptions) under Australian family law for separated parents to attempt FDR before applying to a family law court for parenting orders.
Only an accredited FDRP registered with the Attorney-General Department can conduct FDR and issue 60i Certificates.

Please contact our office. Before FDR takes place, the FDRP will have an intake which is an initial discussion with each party separately. Then FDR is organised.

No, our FDRP will contact your former partner for you. You just need to provide us with his/her contact details.
During FDR families will discuss the issues in dispute and consider different options, while being encouraged to focus on the needs of their children.
No. Our practice mostly conducts shuttle mediations with each of you in separate rooms and communicating via the FDRP.
FDRP is a trained and accredited practitioner who remains neutral throughout a mediation and facilitates a discussion between you and your former partner, and cannot make a decision for you or provide any legal advice.
The FDRP can issue a section 60i Certificate enabling you to apply to Court for a Judge/Senior Registrar to determine your parenting arrangements.
To assist participants to reach a resolution for future parenting arrangements, and/or the division of assets.
  • Parenting/custody arrangements
  • Christmas, Easter, birthday arrangements (including yours and the children’s)
  • School holiday time
  • Interstate travel, passports, and international travel
  • Grandparents and other family members’ time
  • School, religion, day-care and extra-curriculum activities
  • Immunisations, medical, dental, medications
  • Child support including third party payments such as school fees, medical, extra-curriculum
  • Property settlement including:

    • The matrimonial home
    • Superannuation
    • Spousal maintenance
    • Property adjustment payments
    • Retention/discharge of debts

Consider the benefits:

  • Low cost
  • Stress free
  • Timely
  • No pressure
  • Confidential
  • Practical
  • No need to see your former partner in person (shuttle mediations)
  • Create your own parenting plan suitable for you as co-parents