family dispute
support Services

Not-for-profit Charitable Organisation

helping & empowering Kiwi Families to resolve their parental disputes in & out of the Family Court

Our Motto

“Mediation is the best and most efficient way to resolve parental disputes and most importantly it’s the best for your children”. We believe that litigating and involving your children in the Family Court proceedings should be a last resort, unless there are some proven safety or violence concerns. High-conflict litigation can be time-consuming, costly & emotionally draining and often extremely detrimental,  not only to the parents, but also to the children involved as well.

Who are we

FDSS – Family Dispute Support Services is a non-profit community organisation that is committed to provide support and coaching services and training to parents who are dealing with Parental Disputes after their family separation in or out of the Family Court.   

FDSS is a registered incorporated charitable trust powered and funded entirely by donations from many generous companies and parents and through community trust applications. We are just a group of ordinary community members with very extensive knowledge and experience in helping families to resolve their disputes in or out of the Family Court system. We have helped and supported many Kiwi Families over a decade.

How We help

Out-of-court resolution services3

IN-COURT
RESOLUTION SUPPORT

In-Court resolution support services are for parents who are exempt from mediation due to an impediment such as domestic violence or because no agreement was achieved through the Family Disputes Resolution

Out-of-court resolution services3

OUT-OF-COURT
RESOLUTION SUPPORT

Out-of-Court resolution support services are for parents who are newly separated or considering to separate in the foreseeable future, or have current case in the court and they wish to settle their disputes out of the Court

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Why do we exist?

FDSS – Family Support Disputes Support Services was created due to the fact that the The Family Court was criticized as being monocultural and not fit for purpose The Family Court proceedings are perceived as daunting, lengthy and expensive for many families. Many family court users reported that they are treated unfairly and like criminals in the family court system. 

We have personally known many parents who have chosen to end their lives, because they haven’t had any support or guidance through the complex process of separation and dealing with the Family Court. Many have experienced severe mental health strain due to their involvement in the Family Court proceedings and their struggle to access to their children. 

Feeling overwhelmed or confused ?

Need someone to talk to about your court case or a parental dispute ?

Better Together

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about"

FDSS helps community members to connect together. Connections form the heart of strong communities are very crucial to the development of our society and nation. We believe that connecting people together would help create a positive and thriving community and to make amazing things happen.

We are always looking for volunteers who can offer their time and knowledge to support our vital work supporting families going through the toughest time in their lives ! It can be simply accompanying family court users to court events providing them with emotional and moral support or at least in-person or online chat or phone call. You could simply change the end of someone’s life story.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members"

     – Coretta Scott King

What people say about us ?

5 stars reviews
5/5
During this time I dealt with FDSS and I can hand on heart say I received more guidance in 1 meeting than over a year of dealing with a Lawyer. Zayne has an unparalleled understanding of the Family court system. Thank you for the continuous support
Phil
Dad of two - Auckland
We both agreed last night that it's such a rare thing to find someone truly invested (without gain) in such an important situation in our life's and your help is beyond anything we would have imagined. Thank you again and such service is needed.
Sam & Ashley
Couple - one Child - Auckland
We've learnt more from you recently that what we have in our 7 years with family court and many lawyers. FDSS team are very knowledgeable & experienced. They can explain the Family court process in every details. They guided me in my case very well
Rebecca
Mother - One Child - Christchurch

Donors & Sponsors

Huge thanks for FDSS donors and sponsors. Without your support, FDSS wouldn't be able to offer such crucial services for our families and community

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