Family Dispute Resolution

Empowering tamariki and their whānau.

Our aim is to make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place in the world to grow up; a place where all children are safe, whānau are strong and communities are connected. We work in a way that focuses on strengths, positive outcomes and giving people the skills to resolve problems themselves.

Family Dispute Resolution services helps separating or separated parents sort out children’s day-to-day care and contact arrangements, without going to Family Court. 

Specialised mediators
Children-first approach
Comprehensive support
Feel respected & safe

Family Dispute Resolution service

Helping families move forward.

We’ll help you to communicate and reach an agreement on parenting arrangements – without the need (or expense) of going to Court.

About the process

Other family services and support

Giving you the tools to thrive.

Our wide range of additional services are tailored to your situation, so you get the right support for your family.

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Not sure where to start?

We’ll help you find the right help for you and your family. We support families in the South Island, Greater Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua, Whanganui & Taranaki areas.

Your child’s voice

In times of change, the smallest voice can be the most important. We listen to your children’s thoughts and feelings and help you make sure any agreements made are in their best interests.

Parenting through Separation

Face your challenges as a separated parent in a safe and supportive environment with our free ‘Parenting Through Separation’ course.


Change can be tough on all members of the family. We offer counselling for individuals, including children, young people and adults, as well as couples, families and groups.