Family Dispute Resolution
ABOUT FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION
WHAT IS IT?
Family Works supports parents who are separating and anyone else who has an interest in the care and wellbeing of a child or children, and who need to make arrangements to care for children through the family dispute resolution process.
When parents separate, it can be a stressful time for the whole family. It’s better for everyone if you can sort out your children’s day-to-day care and contact arrangements without the time, expense and stress of going to court.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
If you need help to reach agreement, Family Works can support you at each stage of the process.
We are contracted to the Ministry of Justice to provide a Parenting through Separation programme, coaching in preparation for family mediation, and sessions with a trained family mediator. The service is designed to help you reach agreements that are in the best interests of your family.
WHERE IS IT OFFERED?
Family Works Northern provides Family Dispute Resolution Services throughout the upper North Island.
Services are available in Northland from Kaitaia to Whangarei, and in the greater Auckland region, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay including the East Coast.
Click here to see the full list of our accommodation where we offer Family Mediation.
Participate in a Facebook/SKYPE/FaceTime or phone meeting with one of our family mediators where you will be able to explain your situation in more detail. This will take no more than 60 minutes, usually much less. Appointments will be available up to 7pm in the evening Monday to Friday and on a Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm. Please note if you live in the Waikato/BOP region you will have a face to face meeting with a family mediator.
Participate in a Facebook/SKYPE/FaceTime or phone coaching session with one of our coaches. This will last up to 90 minutes. Appointments will be available up to 7pm in the evening Monday to Friday and on a Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm. Coaching is optional but highly recommended.
Meet a family mediator and the other party for one or more sessions (usually in the same room). The family mediator will help you reach agreement on the issues that need resolving. At the end of the family mediation, we will give you a copy of your signed parenting agreement and a few days later you will receive a Ministry of Justice form in case you need more help from the Family Court.
If you qualify for publicly funded FDR, the entire process is free. Please see the table below to see whether you are likely to be eligible for government funding for free Family Mediation. Whether or not you are eligible for free FDR, there is no charge for anyone to attend the first stage – the pre mediation meeting. Furthermore, if one or more of the parties qualify for free FDR, coaching is free for everyone but the rest of the process will cost $448.50 for the person not eligible for funding. If none of the parties are eligible for free FDR, then the cost of the coaching is $90 including GST. The cost per person if there are more than 2 parties is less – please ask our service centre coordinators.
|Number of dependants||Maximum annual income (before tax and any deductions)
|Maximum fortnightly income (before tax and any deductions)
|Maximum earnings over past 3 months (before tax and any deductions)
|0 (you have no dependants)||22,846.00||878.69||5,711.50|
|1 (partner or child)||36,180.00||1,391.54||9,045.00|
|2 (partner and/or children)||52,027.00||2,001.04||13,006.75|
|3 (partner and/or children)||59,122.00||2,273.92||14,780.50|
|4 (partner and/or children)||66,065.00||2,540.96||16,516.25|
|5 (partner and/or children)||73,853.00||2,840.50||18,463.25|
|6 or more||Add $6,832.00 for each extra dependant||Add $262.77 for each extra dependant||Add $1,708.00 for each extra dependant|
FLAS (FAMILY LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE)
If you qualify for free FDR, you’ll automatically qualify for the new Family Legal Advice Service, known as FLAS. This provides you with around 4 hours, typically, of independent legal help to support you while you’re going through the FDR process. Please ask your service coordinator for details of the nearest FLAS provider to you, or click here to be directed to the get help page of the Family Justice website
ABOUT FAMILY WORKS
Enabling families to work through their conflict
Encouraging and improving parenting skills
EMERGENCY FOOD PARCELS AND INTENSIVE BUDGETING SUPPORT
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Family Works provides a range of social services that support families and children. We are contracted to the Ministry of Justice to provide a full range of family dispute resolution services.
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Walking alongside families, helping them rebuild their lives
Helping boys and girls work through the pain they struggle to express
PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER AGENCIES
Creating stronger communities together
PARENTING THROUGH SEPARATION COURSES
Family Works highly recommends you complete a free Parenting through Separation course before attending FDR, although in most cases it is not compulsory unless and until you need to access the Family Court after the conclusion of FDR.
Parenting through Separation is a excellent free information programme, funded by the Ministry of Justice, that helps you focus on what’s best for your children when you separate.
Parenting through Separation is delivered by 5 organisations across our region from the Northern Cape right down to Waipukurau in the southern Hawkes Bay. Family Works, Plunket, Barnardos, Triple PPP, Birthright and Life Wise all have contracted with the Ministry of Justice to deliver these free courses. You can book a place on a programme by finding the center nearest to where you live and using the telephone contact details below the address.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
MEET OUR TEAM
Meet our mediators and coaches
Family Works Resolution Service manager Timothy McMichael and general manager of development Wendy Hoskin believe the app will have a significant impact on co-parenting families.
Congratulations to Family Works Resolution Service Manager Timothy McMichael who was named Mediator of the Year at the prestigious New Zealand Law Awards on November 23.
Family Works Northern has saved more than 5,000 children, and more than 5,000 parents and caregivers, from the trauma of going through the family court system with its Family Dispute Resolution Programme.