Families who are separated or in the process of change are often faced with making difficult decisions about parenting, care arrangements and division of property.

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) assists parents and other family members to resolve issues in dispute.

The service is child-focused with the needs and interests of young people central to any agreements reached, and is guided by our accredited FDR Practitioners.

In 2006, changes to the Family Law system made Family Dispute Resolution a requirement before applications can be made to the Court for Parenting Orders. This includes applications seeking changes to existing Parenting Orders.  There are however some exceptions to this.  It is advisable to seek legal advice.

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Family Dispute Resolution is offered face-to-face or via telephone support. For more information, or to enquire about how we can help you, please phone (08) 8215 6700 or email fdr@centacare.org.au

Services provided

  • Family dispute resolution
  • Child inclusive family dispute resolution
  • Property mediation
  • Education sessions focusing on the needs of children in separating families
  • Post-separation groups for children
  • FDR support

Program details

Who: Separating couples; families requiring mediation to deal with issues in dispute arising from separation.

How: Clients can self-refer. Referrals are also received from the courts and legal professionals.

Cost: Some fees apply.

Where: FDR support is available in Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge and Salisbury.


Adelaide – 45 Wakefield St, phone (08) 8215 6700 or 1800 114 040

Mount Gambier – 13 Penola Rd, phone (08) 8303 6630

Murray Bridge – 6/2 Sturt Reserve Rd, phone (08) 8215 6320

Salisbury – 33 Carey St,  phone (08) 8215 6700.


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