Good news changes for families needing Parenting Agreements

Parenting Agreements

If you need a Parenting Agreement, it has just become cheaper. 

Some significant changes have been made to the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services, and they come into effect on the 1 December 2016.  These changes increase the amount of FREE mediation available for people who qualify for funding (government subsidised) and reduce the cost for those that are required to pay.

In a nutshell:-

·         People who are eligible for funding will be entitled to up to 12 hours mediation (including preparation for mediation) free of charge in a 12 month period.

·         Where at least one but not all parties are fully funded, the non-funded parties will be charged no more than $390 plus GST for up to 12 hours of mediation over a 12 month period. 

·         Where no parties are eligible for full funding, they may access partially funded mediation.  Over one year, these parties are eligible for two rounds of five hours of partially funded mediation.  The maximum any person will pay is $390 plus GST for each 5 hours of mediation.  Non-funded parties will need to pay for any preparation for mediation separately themselves.

If you need further information, contact First Call™ Resolution on 021 771 933 or visit our website www.firstcall.co.nz.