Culturally Appropriate Mediation (LACA-FDR)

Culturally Appropriate Mediation (LACA-FDR)

What is Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)?

FDR aims to help separating couples reach agreements that are in the best interests of their children. This may be an alternative to going to Family Court.

What is Legally Assisted Culturally Appropriate Family Dispute Resolution (LACA-FDR)?

•    LACA-FDR is a supportive mediation process for families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
•    It is ‘Legally Assisted’, meaning that lawyers will be present during FDR sessions  to support each party
•    FDR sessions are managed by an independent and specially  trained Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner or mediator.

Who is LACA-FDR for?

  • CaLD parents (at least one parent) who have separated or are in the process of separating
  • Where there has been a history of Family and Domestic Violence
  • There are children under the age of 18 years.

What you will receive for FREE as a LACA client:

Caseworker Support:

  • Your caseworker will meet with you and provide you with culturally sensitive support throughout the process.


  • You will be provided with information on the FDR process, rights of children and parents responsibilities.


  • You can be linked into appropriate services such as community support,counselling and legal advice.

Lawyer Representation:

  • You will be allocated a lawyer who can advise you prior to and be with you throughout the FDR session/s.


  • Will be used as required to ensure all clients understand the process and what is being discussed.

How do I get more information about this service?

You can call the Family Relationships Service on 6164 0300 or ask someone else to call for you.