What is the Role of the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner?
The role of the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) is principally to facilitate a process whereby a couple who are separating can reach agreement over care of children and division of property in a safe environment.
The FDRP will:
- Facilitate communication, problem solving and negotiation
- Assist the parties to set their agenda for mediation
- Maintain a neutral position and be impartial
- Address any imbalance of power
- Control the process of mediation, rather than the content or outcome
- Refrain from offering advice, yet be informative
- Show no judgement of issues in dispute or impose any solutions
- Refrain from providing legal, therapeutic or any other professional advice
- Have no vested interest in the outcomes that are decided upon by the parties
- Assist the parties to record their agreements in writing
- Issue a Section 60I Certificate if appropriate
- For more information on the obligations of the FDRP please read Family Dispute Practitioner Obligations To Clients.