Family Law Services

The Family Law Services Sub-Activity is funded by and under the policy responsibility of the Attorney-General’s Department. Family Law Services are an important component of the family law system, which also includes legal assistance services, family law courts and the Department of Human Services - Child Support.

Family Law Services aim to provide alternatives to formal legal processes for families who are separated, separating or in dispute, to improve their relationships and make arrangements in the best interests of their children. Family Law Services has a particular role to help families with complex needs, including those with family violence issues.

  • Family Relationship Centres are a highly visible entry point or gateway to the whole family support service system. FRCs play an important role in improving family relationships by providing information, support and referral services to all families, as well as family dispute resolution and access to some legal assistance for separating or separated families.
  • Parenting Orders Program - Post Separation Co-operative Parenting services help separated or divorced families who are in high conflict to work out parenting arrangements in a way that encourages consideration of what is in a child’s best interests in establishing or maintaining relationships, while at the same time ensuring the safety of all parties.
  • Supporting Children after Separation Program aims to support the wellbeing of children under the age of 18 from separated or separating families who are experiencing issues with difficult family relationships.
  • Children’s Contact Services enable children of separated parents to have safe contact with the parent who they do not live with in circumstances where parents are unable to manage their own contact arrangements. .
  • Family Dispute Resolution services assist families to reach agreement and to resolve their disputes related to family law issues about child and property related matters, outside of the court system.
  • Family Law Counselling services help people with relationship difficulties better manage their personal or interpersonal issues to do with children and family during marriage, separation and divorce.
  • The Family Relationship Advice Line (the Advice Line) is a national telephone service to assist families affected by relationship or separation issues. The Advice Line is available on 1800 050 321 from 8am–8pm (local time) Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm (local time) on Saturdays. The Advice Line does not operate on national public holidays.

For more information about any of these services, please visit Family Relationships Online.

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