Workshops FAQ's

Courses Contents

“Family Court Litigation Course” is suitable for parents who are:

  • Self-represented Litigants 
  • Planning to represent themselves in the Family Court. 
  • Parents currently represented by a lawyer and planning to represent themselves in the Family Court without a lawyer. 
  • Parents represented by lawyers who wants to gain some knowledge and skills about the Family Court

“Separation – Whats involved Course” is suitable for parents who are:

  • Newly Separated 
  • Planning to separate in the foreseeable future
  • Parents want to gain insight into the issues associated with Family Separation and how to deal with those issue. 

“Family Court Advanced modules Course” is suitable for parents who are:

  • Any parent who have a Family Court case and want to gain more advanced knowledge and skills.

You can read more about the courses contents and modules. If you are still confused – Please send us an email to 

No, you can attend any of the modules and any courses. Prospects can choose to complete all the modules and workshops or choose any module/s suit their case’s circumstances and needs.  

Except for Module 1: Family Court Processes – is the core module for the “Family Court Litigation Course” . Upon registration, attendees  of the “Family Court Litigation Course” must attend the core module – M1 Family Court Processes. They can then choose any of the remaining 3 modules depending on your circumstances and needs. 

Course Overview : This course is designed to assist separated parents to learn and develop fundamental and advanced skills and strategies of resolving their Parental Disputes in the Family Court. How to initiate and respond to applications and manage their cases using a pragmatic child-focused litigation strategy.

Module 1 –  Family Court Processes
(This is a core module and is required to be completed before attending the other modules)

Module Contents: An overview of the Family court processes, legislation, and general proceedings types and tracks. How to initiate and respond to applications and court events, when and how to do things according to the prescribed rules, writing affidavits, memoranda and submissions. How to initiate and respond interlocutory matters and notices. The evidential requirements in the family court. and how the evidence is assessed in the family court, types of evidence, cross-examination and witnesses summons

Module 2 – Separation & Property

Module Contents: Principles of separation and dissolving marriages/civil unions. Understanding how the court defines and divides property in a relationship. Looking at how relationship property agreements work and how to draft a valid agreement. The fundamentals of initiating and responding to applications under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 and how the court process works.

Module 3 – Childcare Disputes

Module Contents: The fundamentals of initiating and responding to applications , setting a pragmatic child-focused litigation strategy. Gain insight into the Court’s legal and psychological perspective and assessment criteria for matters relevant to the Care of Children disputes.

Module 4 – Family Violence Litigation

Module Contents: The fundamentals of initiating and responding to applications under the Family Violence Act 2018, dealing with Police safety orders, Protection orders and Property orders. Setting a pragmatic realistic litigation strategy, gain insight into the Court’s assessment criteria relevant to the Family Violence.

Course Overview: This course is intended for parents who are newly separated or planning to separate and want to know more about the process of separation. How to manage their family separation and how to navigate the best available resolution options without the court intervention and reduce their children’s exposure to conflict, manage their emotions, and gain skills on how to co-parent effectively

Module 5 – Separated .. what next

Module Contents:  An insight into the aspects of separation and how to deal with childcare arrangements, domestic violence and more relevant disputes after separation. Navigate the available options to resolve Parental Disputes amicably in our out of the Family Court

Module 6 – Surviving Separation

Module Contents: Learn the techniques of how to survive separation ,which often is one of the worst experiences of many people lives. The process involves intense emotions of grief, anger, sadness and deep hurts. Learn how to navigate these emotions and explore the stages involved in the healing process. You are not alone.

Module 7 – Family Mediation – How to do it right

Module Contents: Gain insight into the Family Mediation process and learn about the Do’s and Don’ts of Family Mediation following separation. Explore the several approaches to negotiate matters in dispute and how to achieve the best outcomes for your children and family.

Module 8 – Effective Co-parenting

Module Contents: TBA

Course Overview: This course is designed to assist separated parents to learn and develop the advanced skills of drafting legal documents, litigating Parental alienation and general information about appeals and Judicial Reviews of Family Court decisions in New Zealand Appellate courts, Preparations for Family Court hearings and what happens in the court room and once a judgment is made.

Module 9 – Drafting Legal Documents

Module Contents:  TBA

Module 10 – Hearings Process

Module Contents: TBA

Module 11 – Appeals & Judicial Reviews

Module Contents: TBA

Module 12 – Parental Alienation

Module Contents: TBA

Before you register

The course is suitable for newly separated parents or parents who are planning to end their relationship, Self-represented litigants, Lawyer-represented litigants or any persons want to learn how to self-represent in the Family Court without a lawyer

The majority of the workshop participants are lawyer-represented. Knowing your rights and understanding the court processes would help you to learn some skills on how to coach your lawyer and get the best out of them. 

Be mindful that attending the workshop doesn’t replace Family Court lawyer or any programmes mandated by the Ministry of Justice. 

Not at the stage – All our workshops are delivered online.

Not a problem. We understand that everyone has their own life and commitments. Please let us know if you are unable to attend and check our workshops calendar, if you wish to attend any of the future upcoming workshops. 

Registration fees are by Koha/Donations (to support and acknowledge our work). FDSS is a (not for profit) community organisation and a registered charitable trust. 

Any donations would support us continue to provide our services to the many parents like yourself. We are a charity with donee status so any donations over $5, you can claim 33% back on your tax. Just ask us and we can provide you with a receipt

You can make donation online via our secure and safe online payment portal or by online banking. Click on this link to make donations. Please let us know if you are unable to make donation. 


NO – We don’t and all information provided during the workshops are just legal /procedural information. We are not lawyers, but experienced self represented litigants who have been through it ourselves and helped hundreds of other parents. As such we cannot provide legal advice but can support and guide you on your case whether you are self represented our represented by a lawyer.
Please read our service terms and conditions.

Please note that the workshops are not intended to replace the services of a lawyer or the mandated parenting courses by the ministry of the justice or mediation.

No – we don’t accept non-registered participants. For safety and security reasons, we only accept registered participants to attend the online workshops. 

Upon registration, we usually ask about your former partner’s name, to avoid both of you attending the same workshop. If you partner’s name is on the attendees\s list. We will inform both of you and we would offer any of you to attend another workshop.

Our workshops are designed and delivered to any persons regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, religion or belief. Everyone is welcome. We do not tolerate with any sort of discrimination.

The workshops are intended for parents dealing with Parental Disputes. However, Community Support workers and students are welcome to attend. Please leave a note on the registration form with your organisation name. 

No problem, if you do not feel confident to appear online, you can disable your webcam upon joining the workshop

Online Platform Instructions

We use Microsoft Teams  which is safe, secure and used by many organisations worldwide. To check Microsoft teams Security, compliance, and privacy policies, visit this link 

You are able to check the requirements at this link

If you were added/invited  to the event calendar usually you do not need email address to join Microsoft teams. It depends if you are using the desktop or mobile app and the browser type. 

Before joining , you can disable your webcam.

You can only type your questions in the chat box. All Microphones will be disabled during the workshop except for the presenter. At the end of the session – the microphones will be enabled to allow participants to speak or ask questions verbally, if the time allows to do so. 

For safety, privacy and security reasons, we do not allow taking photos nor recording /videotaping the online workshops. Please refer to our services terms and conditions.

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