This event was on February 20, 2018.
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is now a fundamental part of the Australian dispute resolution landscape for family disputes. A good understanding of the principles underlying this process and the role of FDR in the overall dispute resolution field is crucial for guiding participants from presentation to outcome.
I will present at VADR to explore the evolution of family mediation and FDR since the early 1980s and the impact on this process of the significant legislative and other changes that have taken place since then. In doing so, I will focus on the role of the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner within FDR, and the role of the family lawyer in supporting this process. This will lead to a consideration of the current position of FDR and the impact of FDRPs and family lawyers on the provision of this method of dispute resolution.