Family Dispute Resolution

Family Dispute Resolution Practisioners help parties resolve their parenting disputes.

If you are intending to ask the Court for parenting orders, or to make changes to current parenting orders, you will be required (except in very limited circumstances) to attend Family Dispute Resolution and to obtain a Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Certificate before being able to commence Court proceedings.

A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner is an independent person who has undertaken special training, is nationally accredited to satisfy certain legislative requirements and standards, and is registered with the Attorney General’s Department.

As a respected Family Law Firm in Perth, Mandurah and Joondalup, we can assist you with parenting disputes, which might include who your children will live with, who they will spend time with, and a range of other parenting decisions to be made following separation. Family Dispute Resolution can help separating or separated couples or interested parties reach an agreement without having to go to Court.

FDR can be a timely and cost effective process to help resolve disputes, allowing individuals to retain control of the solutions. You can also settle property and financial matters this way.

Family dispute resolution can only be conducted by a FDR Practioners through organisations such as Relationships Australia, Anglicare and Centrecare, or by a private Family Dispute Resolution Practioners.

Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyers are fortunate to have as co-director Lucy Thomas who is also an experienced, registered FDR Practioners.

She uses her experience and mediation skills to help you and your former partner make the best decisions for your children. Lucy was recently voted by Doyle’s as the Market Leader in parenting cases in Western Australia.

Contact us for more information today for help with family dispute resolution or review our information sheet.

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Why Trust Us?

Our aim is to minimise the fallout of disputes on families – both in the short term, and into the future. Our experienced lawyers have the welfare of children and families front of mind. Paterson & Dowding Lawyers work closely with clients to secure the best outcomes for families in the medium – longer term.

Our pricing is transparent and reasonable; we’re focused on timely solutions and where possible reaching agreement without having to go to Court. Make an appointment with a Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyer today.

Clients tell us that we are not just another Family Law firm. They trust us to deliver the best solution for their unique situation.

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