FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Anne is accredited as a Family Dispute Resolution Provider with AMINZ (the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Inc).
The Family Dispute Resolution Service enables people to resolve their care of children issues in the best interests of the child, without involving the court. FDR is an independent mediation service which also offers preparation for mediation sessions to help people prepare for mediation. FDR services need to be delivered in accordance with the Family Dispute Resolution Act 2013.
Anne has three years experience as an FDR Provider. In that period she has handled all sorts of disputes regarding the care of children when relationships have broken down. She feels it is an honour to support people to find answers to their disputes that are in the best interests of the children.
She has a very caring approach to her work, in that she genuinely cares for people's wellbeing. She prefers to empower parents (and their children if they are old enough to be physically present at mediation) by walking alongside them, to support them to find their own answers to their conflict/disputes.
Anne has several years experience in family law including acting as counsel for the child, divorces, separation agreements, care of children and contact, and matrimonial (relationships) property agreements.
Anne has 13 years legal experience in property law. She has acted for clients in residential and commercial sales and purchases, commercial leases, design and build contracts, building contracts, financing, subdivisions, resource consents, retirement villages (financing) and matrimonial (relationships) property.
Anne can support you with other disputes also, using the same principles and approach she has applied to family disputes. Her other speciality areas are sports law, health and wellbeing and wills.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a largely voluntary, flexible and confidential process to assist people to resolve disputes/conflict between them. The parties to mediation are supported by a third person -the mediator - to come to their own agreement on the matters in dispute. The mediator is an impartial person, who is not on the side of either party, and who supports the parties to reach an agreement, based on the principles of fairness and equity.
Depending on the type of dispute, the mediator usually meets the parties both separately and together, and assists them to identify the issues in dispute and then explore options to resolve the issues. The mediator then assists in the drafting of a mediated agreement, assuming agreement is reached.
The mediator manages the process but does not impose his/her own decision on the parties. In this way mediation very much differs from the court process, where the Judge makes a decision for the parties, based on evidence received at the court hearing. Mediation therefore can be said to be very much an empowering process.
What is conflict resolution?
Conflict resolution need not be such a formal process as mediation. It includes mediation, but it could also include, for example, facilitation (whereby a facilitator –again, an impartial third party –facilitates parties to resolve a conflict between them).