In financial proceedings on divorce or civil partnership dissolution, this is the second court hearing which usually takes place sometime after the First Appointment hearing. Often abbreviated to FDR, the purpose of the hearing is for the parties to use their best endeavours to reach agreement. In straight forward cases where the issues are limited and where both parties agree, it may be possible to combine the First Appointment with the FDR so as to avoid the cost of two hearings. The FDR will be conducted by a District Judge who will have no further involvement in the case if it does not settle. Any offers lodged at court before or during the FDR will not be retained on the court file if the case does not settle. If settlement is reached then the District Judge will make an appropriate Consent Order. If no settlement is reached then the District Judge may adjourn the case for mediation or other ADR, give further directions, or fix the final hearing.