connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support


RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.

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Family Dispute Resolution (mediation)

A service to help couples who are separating to resolve their family law disputes. 

Read our family dispute resolution frequently asked questions.


Why do couples break-up? research project

Why did you break up? Did you seek help or go it alone?

A research project is being conducted at Swinburne University, in collaboration with Relationships Australia Victoria, to explore why couples in Australia break-up, and barriers to accessing support. 
If you are aged over 18 and have previously been involved in a marriage or de facto relationship, you are invited to participate in this voluntary study.

Participation involves an online survey which takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

To complete the survey, click here.

RAV offers Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), also known as mediation, to help couples who are separating to resolve their family law disputes. Disputes may include conflicts over child care, child support, financial arrangements and property settlement.


Family Dispute Resolution for parenting matters

People who wish to go to court to resolve disputes in relation to their children (parenting matters) are required to first attend Family Dispute Resolution/mediation, and make a 'genuine effort' to resolve their disputes. Some exceptions to this requirement apply - for example, in situations involving family violence or child abuse, or in urgent matters. We provide Family Dispute Resolution with a focus on redressing imbalances of power, safety, and the best interests of children. 

Parenting plans or agreements may be made in the Family Dispute Resolution process.

We also offer child-inclusive and enhanced child-focused Family Dispute Resolution. These services recognise the importance of focusing on the needs of children during and after separation, and the value of consulting them during Family Dispute Resolution. 

Find out more about the Family Dispute Resolution process, including child-inclusive and child-focused Family Dispute Resolution or contact your nearest centre for more information.


Family Dispute Resolution for property matters

If you have separated from your partner, you may have to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will I have enough money to live on after I separate?
  • How will the property be divided and what will it include?
  • What happens with superannuation?

It's a lot to think about and there are different ways to go about dividing property and finances following separation. Settling a property dispute through court litigation can be a challenging process. There are often extensive legal costs, long waits to reach court and significant stress and anxiety around the potential outcomes and process of going to court.

Property mediation is often a quicker, more affordable alternative to litigation. It is:

  • Cost-effective: fees are set so you know how much it will cost
  • Timely: for most clients, property mediation can be completed quickly
  • Professional: our mediators are qualified, experienced and impartial.

In most property cases filed in the family law courts, a settlement is negotiated before the case goes to trial. This means that the two people agree to a settlement before a judge is needed to make a decision. Mediation can help couples to reach an agreement earlier in the process and without starting court proceedings. 

Before mediation begins, you and your former partner each attend an individual assessment to make sure that property mediation is appropriate.

Find out more about the Family Dispute Resolution process or contact your nearest centre for more information.


Legally-assisted property mediation

Another option to settle your property and financial disputes is to use legally-assisted property mediation. 

This enables you to participate in property mediation and negotiate a settlement with your lawyer present to provide legal support. Lawyers can assist by clarifying details, drafting agreements, helping them to prepare and exchange information and documents, and provide advice.

More information on legally-assisted property mediation is available here

Other support services


Other support services  

We also offer a number of other services for separating couples, including education, information, counselling, conciliation and group work.


Booklets about separation

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has produced two free booklets to help men and women who are going through separation and divorce. The booklets have been developed to provide accessible and useful information and emotional support for those entering this period of complex considerations about the best ways forward.

There is also a copy of the booklet - Men and Separation - for migrant men, available in English and Arabic.

There is also a booklet available that encourages separating parents to consider the best interests of their children during the separation process.