Centres focused on providing family dispute resolution (mediation) to help separating families to achieve workable parenting arrangements outside the Court system.
Centres focus on providing family dispute resolution (FDR), also known as mediation, to enable separating families to reach disputes and reach agreements outside the Court system. Disputes may include conflicts over parenting and the care of children, child support, financial arrangements and property settlements.
For parents, FDR provides an opportunity to engage in a conversation about how they can each support the best interests of their children. This process also includes a discussion about how parents can share decision-making about their child's welfare and wellbeing. An accredited practitioner assists both parents the opportunity to reach mutually-satisfactory decisions about their children.
Centres also provide FDR for property matters, to help separating couples make decisions around financial arrangements and property settlements.
Each Family Relationship Centre (FRC) works collaboratively with, and provides referrals to, a variety of other services, matching the needs of the family or individuals to appropriate services. Family Relationship Centres offer individual and joint sessions to assist separating families to create workable parenting arrangements for their children. They also host group information sessions and workshops on a range of practical topics to assist families.
Key statewide services that you may find useful:
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
Phone: 1800 015 188 (toll free)
Telephone Dispute Resolution Service - access this national service by contacting the Family Relationship Advice Line on 1800 050 321.