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Keeping in Contact: The Role of Family Relationship Centres in Australia

Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 157-174

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/51

22 Pages Posted: 6 May 2008  

Patrick Parkinson

The University of Sydney Law School

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Abstract

Family Relationship Centres form the centrepiece of a major new overhaul of the family law system in Australia. The Centres, which will be established in major population centres all over the country by 2008, have a number of different functions. The Centres will have five major roles: information, advice and referral to services which can strengthen relationships; the provision of seminars, individual advice and free mediation when parents separate; assistance in resolving ongoing disputes about post-separation parenting arrangements; assistance to grandparents; and help in resolving child support issues. The author, who was involved in the development of the concept of Family Relationship Centres, explains the background to the proposal and how the Centres are intended to lead to cultural change in the resolution of disputes about parenting after separation.

Keywords: Family law, Children, Mediation, Divorce, Parents, Access

JEL Classification: K10, K30, J12

Suggested Citation

Parkinson, Patrick, Keeping in Contact: The Role of Family Relationship Centres in Australia. Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 157-174; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/51. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1128044

Patrick Parkinson (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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