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New service to help separated families in Townsville.

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Monday, 17 October 2005

Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, has welcomed a new Contact Orders Program service to help families in the Twin Cities to be established in the next financial year. “Support services for separating families and those experiencing relationship difficulty will be expanded as part of the Australian Government’s family law reform package,” Mr Lindsay said. The Australian Government is quadrupling the number of services under the highly- successful Contact Orders Program throughout Australia to 20. The program has already assisted thousands of highly conflicted separated parents to work together to ensure their children have a relationship with both their parents. “The Contact Orders Program helps parents and children to resolve disputes after separation so children can have contact with both their parents,” Mr Lindsay said. “An initial pilot of the Contact Orders Program found it helped 88 per cent of couples with entrenched conflict who took part.” “The expansion of the existing Contact Orders Program, alongside the new Family Relationship Centres, is part of the most significant reforms to the family law system in 30 years,” Mr Lindsay said. “The reforms are not only changing the system, it is changing the culture of the way family breakdowns are handled.”