Post-separation Mediation, also known as Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), is a structured, child focused process, facilitated by an impartial Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), where separated parents can talk through issues and concerns they have about their children in the context of family separation, and hopefully reach some outcomes for their children.
Common topics parents discuss in FDR are parental communication, care arrangements, and how to share their parental responsibilities. The FDRP guides parents through the mediation process, and assists parents to focus on their child/children’s current and future needs, from a solution-focused perspective, without any pressure to reach outcomes; a far quicker, less stressful and cheaper alternative to court processes, FDR has long been recognised in research as achieving positive outcomes for parents and their children.
Child Informed Family Dispute Resolution means that children can have an indirect voice in the FDR session. An independent and impartial Child Consultant attends a session with the child/children prior to the FDR session and provides feedback to the parents about the child/children’s needs as explored in the session; such feedback may assist the parents in ensuring their child/children’s needs are met when exploring options for resolution in the FDR session.
Should you be interested in Child Informed FDR, please note the following: