Relationships can be rewarding, but also complex. At times, we need support to deal with relationship difficulties. You can seek support from friends and family, or get help from professional services.
There may be times in your life when a lot of change occurs and you are looking for help to adapt to this change.
Relationship problems often cause significant distress. Distress can show itself in many ways. You might feel emotions such as anger or sadness, or physical symptoms such as weight change or migraines.
Healthy relationships start with feeling respected and safe. You have a right to respect and safety in all your relationships.
You don’t necessarily have to go to court after a relationship ends to make arrangements for children and property.
Counselling helps couples and families to manage relationship issues arising from relationship changes, separation and divorce.
Information about financial issues after the end of a relationship, and where to get additional information specific to your situation.
An introduction to Australian family law and the family courts, and where to get more information particular to your needs.
Introductory information about when you may need to go to a Family Law Court.
Separated families can use family mediation to help resolve disputes.
Basic information about divorce law in Australia.
It’s important to look after yourself when a relationship is ending, and to take positive action to get the support you need.
General information for grandparents and other extended family members who are affected by family separation.
Explaining parental separation to children is difficult. This section includes some suggestions and links to other places to get advice and support.
Separation brings significant changes to children’s lives. There are services available to help children and young people who need support after their parents separate.
The safety and wellbeing of children is important at all times, including during and after separation.
Information to support parents to make their own post-separation parenting agreements.
General information about Australian family law relating to children.
What is child support and where to find out more about it.
How to deal with the opportunities and challenges for post-separation parenting after a new relationship begins.
Violence and abusive behaviour are never acceptable. How to get help if you are affected by family and domestic violence.
Basic information about family and domestic violence orders and links to further sources of information and support.
The risk of family violence increases at the time of relationship breakdown and separation. This section provides general information about the Australian family law system’s approach to family violence.
The Family Relationship Advice Line is a national telephone service that helps families affected by relationship or separation issues.
Search for a range of services in your area. Contact the organisation to find out more about the services they offer and how they could help you.
A Family Relationship Centre can help you by providing information about family relationships at all stages
Sometimes we need help to deal with difficult situations. Calls to these helplines are free, independent and confidential.
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The Australian Institute of Family Studies is conducting the Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19 to help paint the picture of how Australia's families are adapting to the pandemic.
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The safety of Australian families during these challenging times is very important. Information on COVID-19 impacts on services and supports available to help families is available here.