Families

FairWay’s work on the design and delivery of Ministry of Justice’s Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) service has highlighted the relevance and effectiveness of out-of-court dispute resolution options for families in dispute. The benefits of mediation for families with Care of Children disputes can be equally applied to family disputes about a broad range of issues. 

Specialist mediators

Mediation can be a fast, cost-effective dispute resolution option that helps preserve relationships. FairWay now has contractual relationships with over 100 mediators, all of whom have been accredited by approved dispute resolution organisations to provide Family Dispute Resolution under the Family Dispute Resolution Act. This qualification recognises that these are some of the most highly credentialed and trained mediators in New Zealand. They have a diverse range of skills and are located from Kaitaia to Bluff. They are also very keen to be involved in mediation about other matters as well as the Care of Children Disputes.

For more information on our FDR service, click here.

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Family disputes

Building on this development is the recognition that resolving family disputes through the use of mediation outside of the Court is the optimal way for resolving disputes where family must have continuing relationships. The most frequent area of dispute involve resolution of property matters either as a result of the break down in a relationship, in respect of the management of property for someone who lacks capacity to do so, management of Trusts and distribution of property following death.

The greatest benefit to customers when they engage in mediation with one of FairWay’s mediators is the knowledge that the mediator will design a process to suit the cultural and other needs of the customer. The customer will remain in control of the resolution of the dispute and will be assisted by the process to focus on resolution.

For more information on our FDR service, click here.

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Keeping control

When parties in dispute hand over the resolution of the dispute to a third party such as an arbitrator or Judge, they lose control over the result. In some circumstances, parties may want to have a dispute or part of a dispute resolved by a third party. In most cases involving families, the preservation of family relationships and the avoidance of huge legal bills are often more important.

For more information on our FDR service, click here.

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Specialist skills and processes

Any family dispute usually involves the management of strong emotions and therefore the specialist skills which have been recognised by accreditation as an FDR mediator are apposite in these disputes. In addition to the skill of the mediators, FairWay has also designed a case management system which is operated by highly trained Resolution Co-ordinators. The Resolution Co-ordinators have experience in triaging family disputes and ensuring that any customers are cared for throughout the dispute resolution process.

For more information on our FDR service, click here.

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