Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation can help those experiencing difficulties resolve disputes and/or reach agreements in relation to property settlement, financial matters, and family disputes including parenting arrangements.

About Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

The FDR service provides confidential information, support, referral and Dispute Resolution (mediation) in relation to:

  • property settlement
  • financial matters
  • disputes between family members including Elder Mediation
  • parenting arrangements

What happens in Family Dispute Resolution?

Initial intake appointment with an intake officer – to gather information about your situation and your reasons for coming to RA Tas.

Each person attends an individual appointment with a mediator – this appointment is to ensure that each party is ready for mediation.

Joint dispute resolution session(s) – a structured negotiation process where the mediator assists both parties to identify and asses options, negotiate and seek agreement to resolve their dispute.

Child Inclusive appointment – where appropriate an opportunity for the child or children to convey their thoughts, needs and concerns to a neutral person.

How do I make an appointment?

This service is available through the Family Relationship Centres in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.

To make an appointment call 1300 364 277.


FDR involving children is funded by the Australian Government so, in one of our programs, fees are waived for a specific number of sessions. Following this, fees are charged.

The Mediation Service is a fee-for-service program. Any concerns about your ability to pay the fee can be discussed with your dispute resolution practitioner (mediator) please let us know if you have a concession card.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding fees you can give us a call on 1300 364 277.

Services include:

In Family Dispute Resolution you are supported through:

  • Intake and assessment
  • Information, support and referrals
  • Child focused information and education
  • Child inclusive mediation where appropriate
  • Provision of family dispute resolution (mediation)
  • Parenting plans
  • Issuing FDR certificates under the Family Law Act
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We are a Child Safe organisation

At Relationships Australia Tasmania (RA Tas) we consider the health, safety and wellbeing of all children and young people to be our highest priority. We strive to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. In particular, through our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

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