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Parenting plans or agreements are used to assist in this process.
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is compulsory, in that people who wish to go to court to resolve disputes in relation to their children (parenting matters), are required to first attend FDR, 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. More about the FDR Process
Family Dispute Resolution brochure - published by the Australian Government
To find out more about our Family Dispute Resolution Services or to make a booking, contact your nearest centre. View a list of RAV centres.
If you have a background in law, psychology, social work or dispute resolution and you are interested in a career in the expanding FDR field, view our Professional Training.
A Parenting Plan is a resource to help separating parents work out arrangements for the care of their children. The checklist of questions will help you fill out the Parenting Plan.
Relationships Australia (Victoria) 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 & 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 process.