Family Dispute Resolution

We’ll help you work out the parenting and childcare arrangements that are best for your kids.


At Family Works 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.

Our Family Dispute Resolution service helps separating or separated parents sort out your children’s day-to-day care and contact arrangements, without the need or expense of going to the Family Court. 

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

Family Dispute Resolution service

Helping families move forward.

We’ll help you to communicate and reach an agreement on parenting arrangements – without the need to go to court.

About the process

Other family services and support

Giving you the tools to thrive.

Family Works’ wide range of additional services are tailored to your situation, so you get the support you and your family need.

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Not sure where to start?

We can help you to determine what services are right for you and your family.

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.

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These inspiring quotes come from real people, in real situations, who have experienced our FDR services.