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New insights into the Narrative Model of Conflict Coaching

I recently attended a workshop with Professor Nadja Alexander who presented the REAL approach to conflict coaching. This provided new and exciting insights into the understanding of, and dealing with conflict. I was inspired by her holistic approach, assisting clients not only to understand and deal with a particular conflict, but to develop conflict management…

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Child Focus and the Narrative Model of Dispute Resolution

This approach to mediation evolved from the narrative family therapy model developed in the mid 1980s. [1] It is based on the understanding that the way we interpret the world around us depends on our social and cultural background and experiences. In other words, the meaning we attribute to events, our reactions and point of…

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Obligations of the FDRP at intake

The Family Law Act defines Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) as: a process, other than a judicial process, in which a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) helps people affected or likely to be affected by separation or divorce to resolve some of all of their disputes with each other. [1] It is envisaged in this process…

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Tools for change-towards a child focused outcome

As a family lawyer or Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) we have an obligation to ensure discussions with our clients, and any action or outcomes, comply with our duty to the court[i], and our obligations under the legislation. [ii] How do we fulfill these responsibilities if our clients refuse to co-operate? What strategies can we…

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What do family lawyers really think about Family Dispute Resolution?

By Susan Hamilton-Green   Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) has been compulsory prior to issuing court proceedings in parenting matters for some time now, and has become an essential consideration for family lawyers in supporting their clients to resolve disputes. As a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and family lawyer, I understand the benefits of FDR…

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Family Law Essentials

Part 1 The initial meeting with a family law client is crucial in achieving a satisfactory outcome for both client and solicitor. This is an opportunity to: Clarify the relationship between lawyer and client so that each appreciate what they can expect of the other; Obtain background information to enable the client to fully explain…

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