Family Relationship Centres
Encouraging couples to identify and resolve their disputes in a non-adversarial manner has been an aspiration for family policy makers for decades.
Despite inadequacies on display from time to time, it was the motivation behind the Family Law Act and the Child Support legislation.
A significant step forward was the establishment of 65 Family Relationship Centres across the nation by the Howard Government. As the researchers, Lawrie Maloney and Bruce Smyth, wrote in 2004, ‘Spread widely across the country, the Centres would be capable of responding to local needs and at the same time, guide families towards conflict resolution processes that are child focused, dignified and relatively inexpensive.’
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