Family dispute resolution (FDR) is a process for resolving issues and conflicts between couples and families usually going through a separation of some kind. The process uses a professional, neutral third party – a family dispute resolution practitioner – to help each party decide what outcomes matter most to them and negotiate to reach those outcomes. Through the FDR process, parties discuss their issues, get clear on what they want to achieve and explore options for achieving their desired outcomes. FDR practitioners do not take sides or determine the outcomes.
Depending on your needs, they may offer advice or opinion but they do not tell you what to do. They are skilled at helping people communicate effectively, focus on what is important (e.g. children’s best interests) and negotiate workable agreements. FDR is confidential. With the exception of disclosures about child abuse, nothing said in an FDR session can be used in court as evidence.