Family Focus

Welcome to our Family Focus blog page which hosts a collection of news, articles, and announcements relating to the FDR Centre, our processes, people and community.

The FDR Centre was established in 2013 as a specialist centre for providing a full range of private dispute resolution and conflict management services for all types of family and relationship disputes. We provide a holistic wrap-around service that includes everything from Family Law Arbitration, Mediation and Arb-Med for relationship property, trusts, wills, and estates disputes to FDR Mediation (including child inclusive mediation), conflict and communication coaching, and counselling. Our aim is to achieve positive and lasting outcomes for parents and guardians, children and other family/whānau members – all without stepping foot in the expensive, public arena of a court.

As part of our services, we strive to foster and participate in discussions and positive debate concerning all matters relating to the effective resolution of family and relationship disputes. This blog helps us to do so.  We hope you enjoy the content.

Elder Mediation

Elder Mediation

By Richard Pidgeon Do you need a neutral forum to reach decisions on the care of an elderly person? Background Caring for an ageing parent or grandparent can bring up emotions from the past. Disputes can stem from deep issues of sibling rivalry or role allocation or...

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Marriage Mahr-ed by Alleged Violence?

Marriage Mahr-ed by Alleged Violence?

Written by Richard Pidgeon Salih v Almarzooqi [2023] NZCA 645 represents the latest judgment in a long-running dispute over a Muslim marriage contract (Nikah) and the enforcement of the payment of a second conditional nuptial gift from the husband to his wife (Mahr)....

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Misguided affection

Misguided affection

Written by Richard Pidgeon In Peeling v Gordon [2023] NZFC 2857, an aunt sought to become her niece and nephew’s cultural adviser under the Care of Children Act 2004, after a failed attempt to have contact with them. This application was struck out as an abuse of the...

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Where does Father's Day originate from? In New Zealand we have celebrated Father's Day since at least 1929 when it was first observed in a service at St Matthews Church in Auckland, following the tradition of a Mother's Day service which had already been established....

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Aging In Place

Aging In Place

Kate Hursthouse A question commonly asked by and of family members reaching their senior years is whether or not to continue living independently at home. For some, it is undoubtedly the best option to move to assisted living. However, for those who do not...

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Family Justice Reform Consultation

Family Justice Reform Consultation

The Family Justice Reform panel has released its second consultation paper which examines the 2014 family justice reforms. The panel’s research has shown that for those who have engaged in FDR, it can be a ‘quick, affordable and effective process’. They...

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