A service to help couples who are separating to resolve their family law disputes. These disputes may include conflicts over child care, child support, financial arrangements and property settlement.
We provide Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), which is also known as mediation, with a focus on redressing imbalances of power, safety, and the best interests of children.
We also offer a number of other services for separating couples, including education, information, counselling conciliation and group work.
Parenting plans or agreements are used to assist in this process.
People who wish to go to court to resolve disputes in relation to their children (parenting matters) are required to first attend Family Dispute Resolution/mediation, and make a 'genuine effort' to resolve their disputes. Some exceptions to this requirement apply - for example, in situations involving family violence or child abuse, or in urgent matters.
If you have a background in law, psychology, social work or dispute resolution and you are interested in a career in the expanding Family Dispute Resolution/mediation field, view our Professional Training.
Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has produced two free booklets to help men and women who are going through separation and divorce. The booklets have been developed to provide accessible and useful information and emotional support for those entering this period of complex considerations about the best ways forward.
There is also a copy of the booklet - Men and Separation - for migrant men, available in English and Arabic.
There is also a booklet available that encourages separating parents to consider the best interests of their children during the separation process.
This brochure explains the value of consulting your children during the family dispute resolution/mediation process.