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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When you separate, decisions around financial and property matters need to be made. It's a lot to think about and there are different ways to go about dividing property and finances following separation.

It’s not uncommon for separating couples to need to resolve issues around both parenting and property matters. At Relationships Australia Victoria, we can help you to resolve conflicts about child and parenting matters, or property and financial matters - either separately or together. 

 

What financial and property issues do I need to think about after separating? 

When you separate it’s really normal to have lots of questions about your current situation and the future. You may ask:

  • will I have enough money to live on? What will I need in the future and how can this be achieved?
  • what is important to consider when deciding how to divide family property and what is the best way to share it?
  • how can I make sure there is enough money for my child’s needs? 
  • what advice is important to make good decisions?

For couples who issue proceedings in court to resolve property matters, most of the time a settlement is negotiated before the case is decided by a judge or magistrate. Family Dispute Resolution, conciliation and mediation can therefore help couples reach an agreement much earlier in the process and without starting court proceedings, saving money and time. 

Family Dispute Resolution for property matters

Family Dispute Resolution (mediation) for property matters is available across many of our metropolitan and regional centres. Property Family Dispute Resolution 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.

More information on the Family Dispute Resolution process is available here or by contacting your nearest centre.

How much does Family Dispute Resolution cost?

We are a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that receives funding from the Australian Government, and we work to ensure that our services are affordable for our clients. We offer a range of services to help separated couples to resolve their family law disputes. When you call us to talk about our service we can provide information on the fees. 

Why choose us?

  • Affordable, practical assistance that is non-adversarial.
  • Accredited, highly-skilled and experienced mediators.
  • Support for people affected by family violence.
  • More than 70 years’ experience supporting Victorians.
  • Providers of mediation for over 35 years.
  • 10 mediation centres across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Property Dispute Settlement and Conciliation Program

Another option to settle your property and financial disputes is to use Relationship Australia Victoria’s Property Dispute Settlement and Conciliation Program. 

This enables you to participate in property dispute settlement and conciliation and negotiate a settlement with or without your lawyer present to provide legal support. Lawyers can assist by clarifying details, drafting agreements, helping to prepare and exchange information and documents, and provide advice. 

More information on the service is available here

Other support services and resources

We offer a number of other services and resources for people who are separating, including:

How do I get started?

Contact us for more information on our services and how they could support you.