Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments

The financial dispute resolution (‘FDR’) appointment was introduced into the court process, on a trial basis, in 1996 and was formally incorporated in the revised rules governing financial ancillary relief cases in June 2000. It was an innovative development, designed to enable the parties, with the assistance of the judge, to identify and seek to resolve the real issues in the case, at a time and in a manner intended to limit the overall financial cost for the parties, to reduce delay in resolving the case and to lessen the emotional and practical strain on the family of continuing litigation.