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Let CHOICE FDR help you
No one wants to start a relationship to have it end. Whatever your reason is, let me first say I acknowledge how hard it can be. I appreciate this might be a very difficult time for you and your family. I know it is easy for me to say, but let me say to you that things can and most often get better.
What are some of the biggest challenges for separated parents?
(1) Re-defining your new relationship as separated parents. The way you were when you were together, does not automatically continue now that you are separated. There needs to be a conversation about this so you both know where each of you stand.
(2) Building the type of “co-parenting “relationship that works for you both. You are your own parents, and you might have very different parenting styles. Now that you are separated there needs to be conversation about your parenting expectations and a discussion about how you both wish to continue to raise your children. You don’t have to parent the same way, but for the sake of your children, it would be better that your children can see that you are still a united front.
(3) Ongoing conflict – a functioning co-parenting relationship is often very difficult when there is prolonged, bitter and unresolved conflict between the parents. Research shows that it is the ongoing conflict and tension that children cannot cope with.
What are some challenges for separated couples dealing with their property matters?
(1) Issues of mistrust, not feeling validated and acknowledged for what you have contributed over the course of your relationship and what your needs are moving forward.
(2) Dealing with “it’s all about the principle of the matter” versus “can we just sort this out”.
(3) Reaching a financial resolution that you can live with and be at peace with.
This process is not about reconciliation and it also isn’t about counselling. What this process can do though is help you both to be have meaningful and helpful discussions, be future-focussed, focus on the needs of your children, and help you to reach a point you can live with.
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About Choice FDR
CHOICE Family Dispute Resolution & Mediation is a Perth-based business with over 23 years’ experience in the legal and community legal sector. The core of that experience is about working with people – people who live with and have lived with a multitude of issues and who need support in some shape or form to guide them through to the next phase of their situation.
CHOICE has been created with the focus to assist couples in the very difficult and emotional transition from a relationship with their partner to coming to terms with having a separated relationship.
CHOICE specialises in assisting separated/separating couples with issues regarding the living arrangements and decision-making for their children and with settlement of their financial affairs.
CHOICE has access to numerous networks within the community legal sector, mental health sector, private legal sector, relationships and counselling sector, and Legal Aid sector. If there is an issue that carries over to an area that is outside our expertise, we can offer you direct referrals to specialised services that are ready to assist you if you wish.
CHOICE gives you the opportunity to engage in genuine and meaningful discussion within a safe and open environment. An environment that gives you the opportunity to make informed decisions and to reach a resolution that is in your children's best interests and that you are prepared to live with.
Unless your circumstances require it, going to the Family Court should be your last resort. Family Court is a very protracted process, tremendously expensive (moreso if you have a lawyer acting for you) and a Judge or Magistrate will make a decision for you and/or your children whether you like it or not. CHOICE gives you the opportunity to voluntarily engage in a fast, balanced, fair, safe, and competitively priced process where any agreement that is made is made because you and the other party have chosen to do so.
CHOICE’s principal practitioner genuinely wants to enable you to focus on the root of your dispute – clearing away the secondary matters that tend to fuel conflicts so that you can make the best decision possible.
About JD Roussety
Please take a look at myfor details of my experience and qualifications.
I have worked in the legal and community legal sector for over 23 years in several capacities. My original motivation to work in this area has been and continues to be to help people.
In recent years I have worked exclusively in the area of family law. I worked in a busy private practice dealing with complex family law, child protection, and restraining order matters. I was in court every day and I have represented clients throughout the entire court process.
What became clear to me was how sad and a lot of the time how awful clients’ situations were. As a lawyer, I am a person’s metal detector – guiding you through the family law minefield. More often than not though, you use a lawyer when you are already caught up in the minefield. Now I help couples to make decisions that will keep you well clear of the minefield entirely. What's more, you will be making that decision together.
I am a massive believer in assisting separated couples to help them understand "Why?!". I believe you need to understand "the root" of your dispute otherwise issues will just probably resurface down the track like a weed growing back. Often separated couples avoid the core of what is driving the conflict - "Why are we always fighting?!" "Why can't she just listen to what I am trying to say?!" "Why can't he just acknowledge what he did to us?!". Any discussions separated couples have are not as meaningful as they could be. If anything, discussions just add to the mounting ill-feelings because the core issue still has not been dealt with properly.
Often couples aren't ready to negotiate. Often one or both of the parties aren't able to move forward because of some past issue that they haven't sufficiently processed at that time.
Sometimes separated couples would be better served if they were prepared to engage the services of a family counsellor - not to help them get back together, but to help them understand their situation better and develop meaningful strategies to move forward. Like lawyers though, there are many counsellors out there to access! Where do you begin?! Please feel free to take a look at myfor details of counsellors you can approach to help you get started.
Please be aware that I cannot give you legal advice - myalso has the details of select family lawyers, and other legal services, you can approach to be informed about your options moving forward.
I acknowledge that it has taken a lot of courage to initiate this step. Take the next step and get in contact with me, I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
I very much look forward in assisting you and your family in this difficult phase of your relationship.
|Screening & Assessment Interview||$150*|
|Family Dispute Resolution Conference#|
(half-day 4 hours)
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|Family Dispute Resolution Conference#|
(full-day 7 hours)
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|* Note: if there is a need to cancel, ensure that you provide more than 24-hours notice for full refund. If less than 24-hours notice is given, only 50% of the fee will be refunded.|
|# If you wish to conduct a Family Dispute Resolution Conference on a Saturday, please add an additional $200 to the Conference Fee|
|(all prices quoted in Australian Dollars; GST not applicable)|
Process & Timeframe
Step One: Assessment Interview
Meet with Parent/Participant 1
Step Two: Assessment Interview
Meet with Parent/Participant 2
Step Three: Dispute Resolution Conference
Half Day (4 hours) / Full Day (7 hours)
Step Four: Follow-up Conference
Please note timeframes will vary depending on how soon both parties make contact and depending on availability of the Practitioner and parties’ solicitors (if applicable).
If child-related matters, and if Parent 2 does not engage with our service, I will attempt to contact that Parent after 8 and 16 working days. If no contact has been made, or the other parent does not wish to engage, I can then issue a Certificate to Parent 1 if requested.
This page contains important information about the laws regarding family dispute resolution - the mediation process - and documents you need to read and prepare for the mediation.
Please read through these when you can.
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Please let us know about your experience with CHOICE? Your testimonial could be featured here... to send in feedback!
"Dear JD, I would like to thank you for your generosity in supervising me. I did find the experience incredibly rewarding and to have seen how you support conflicting parties in search for what they might be able to live with was nothing short of inspiring. While the circumstances and personalities of the parties varied, what clearly reoccured was the parties leaving the room at he end of the mediation as if the weight of the world had been lifted from their shoulders. Reducing people's suffering isn't in any of the FDRP reading materials as such. I feel lucky to have been placed with someone who is so mindful as well as highly skilled."
JD is very professional, non-judgemental, calm and appropriate in managing all points of the mediation process. JD is a highly skilled mediator. He has a non-biased approach, and an ability to manage difficult issues and points of discussion in a non-threatening way, whilst maintaining focus and a clear direction. I highly recommend his service."