Parenting and Guardianship (FDR Mediation)

Having conflicting ideas about the ‘care and contact’ arrangements for your children can be extremely stressful, and may feel impossible to resolve. We are here to help.

For parenting and guardianship disputes, the FDR Centre offers fully and partially funded FDR Mediation, Voice of the Child (Child Inclusive Mediation), Preparation for Mediation (Conflict and Communication Coaching), and Counselling.

Choose from the options below to find out more.

average number of days an FDR Mediation takes with FDR Centre

Looking for legal advice? You may be entitled to access the Ministry of Justice Family Legal Advice Service (FLAS).

The Brain Science of Conflict

Yesterday, we at the FDR Centre were delighted to co-host with NZDRC two sessions with Kathryn Berkett learning all about the neuroscience behind conflict. Sounds complicated? Luckily Kathryn is absolutely brilliant at communicating the science in a completely...

Study of Māori depression by renowned Māori FDR mediator leads to transformative model of practice

Rangi - Rua (Of - Two Minds) The FDR Centre is honoured and delighted to announce that one of our Senior FDR Mediators, Ngarongo Ormsby (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui & Ngāti Ranginui), has recently graduated from Te Whare Wānanga ō Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne with a...

Giving children a voice in FDR Mediation

By Catherine Green, Executive Director FDR Centre Since early 2015, the FDR Centre has been offering child inclusive FDR Mediation, where children have the opportunity to share their views with a Child Inclusion Specialist, who attends the mediation in the...

Understanding anger and high conflict personality

By Nicola Hartfield Nicola Hartfield, mediator and workplace mentor, discusses how anger influences certain personality types and the importance of understanding and managing anger to better engage with clients in stressful situations. While engagement and...

Family Justice Reform Consultation

The Family Justice Reform panel has released its second consultation paper which examines the 2014 family justice reforms. The panel’s research has shown that for those who have engaged in FDR, it can be a ‘quick, affordable and effective process’. They...

Mediation power imbalances: weighing the arguments

- by Nigel Dunlop It is commonly said that power imbalances in mediation render it unfair.  The image is conjured up of a hapless party being cajoled into an unfavourable settlement by a more powerful party. Better to go to court, it is said, where...