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Clearing a path through the fog of family separation.



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MEDIA Release Chris Bowen MP Minister for Human Services Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law

CLEARING A PATH THROUGH THE FOG OF FAMILY SEPARATION

The Minister for Human Services, Chris Bowen MP, has today launched an online support tool developed by the Department of Human Services to assist separated families in navigating their way through the Family Law System.

Mr Bowen said My family is separating - what now? was developed to help guide families through the complex maze of legal, financial and emotional issues associated with separation.

“There’s a lot you have to think about when you separate - practical considerations about where you’ll live, finances, child support, legal matters, as well as how your children are coping and your own wellbeing,” Mr Bowen said.

“This online tool is tailored to suit different family circumstances and will provide separating or separated families with information and advice to help them work through these complex matters.

“This website is designed to help families better understand their rights, obligations and the services available to help them and their children.”

“Previously there has been no single-way for families to identify which support groups or services they can engage with to get through what is a tough time for everyone involved.

With My family is separating - what now? people can access timely and accurate information and appropriate support services at their convenience.

“By presenting clear pathways for accessing emotional, legal and financial support for separating families we hope to reduce the stress associated with separation and assist them in finding what they need for themselves and their children,” Mr Bowen said.

Mr Bowen said the concept of My family is separating - what now? stemmed from recommendations made by Child Support Stakeholder Engagement Groups who identified the need for a ‘one-stop-shop’ that would help people navigate the financial, legal and emotional issues they need to consider when going through family separation.

It was developed and tested in consultation with community service organisations and family law partners. It will be particularly useful to families in rural and remote areas who otherwise find it difficult to get information and advice about separation.

To start using the My family is separating - what now? go to www.familyseparation.humanservices.gov.au.

Media Contact - James Cullen 0409 719 879