FDRP2 Children’s Matter in Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution

FDRP2 Children’s Matter in Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution


An understanding of families involves an introduction to the meaning and purpose of the family system, and how the family is impacted through separation. This subject introduces students to the nuances of working with conflicted families. We will focus on understanding how family groups function and how they are affected by conflict. In particular, we will explore how children exposed to parental conflict can be impacted.

You will also be introduced to the legislative framework around children’s matters.



At the end of this subject you will be able to:

  • identify and discuss the broad definitions of families and family dynamics using genograms
  • critically analyse the impacts of separation across the broad family system, and the challenges for post-separation families and the predictors of outcomes for parents and children in post-separation families
  • consider the specific challenges of family dispute resolution, particularly with respect to the “child’s best interest” principles and the individual parent, their needs, and conflict styles and approaches to dispute resolution with differing personalities and styles
  • implement strategies that will assist parents to resolve their future parenting arrangements, with their children’s best interests at the centre of their decision-making, and create parenting plans that meet your clients’ needs and are enforceable, and
  • recognise the children and parenting provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (FLA) that relate specifically to the role of the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.


  • Understanding families
  • Impacts of separation on family members
  • Needs-based decision making
  • Best interest of the child
  • Post-separation parenting arrangements
  • Parenting plans and parenting orders


How to enrol

1. Download and read the Program Manual (PDF).
This document contains all the terms and conditions relating to your enrolment at The College of Law.

2. Decide on your program and initial subject/s

3. Enrol online



More information

"I first became an FDRP to complement my family law practice. I found it so rewarding that I transitioned out of legal practice to grow my own mediation practice. Being the impartial third party facilitating discussion, rather than acting for one side or another, is a very satisfying job."

Danielle Jaku-Greenfield

Mediator, The Resolution Space and Lecturer, The College of Law