Proposed changesJuly 30, 2004
A national network of 65 community-based Family Relationship Centres to allow resolution of custody disputes without going to court.
The centres will offer free information, advice, pre-marriage education and up to three hours of dispute resolution
The centres will be a partnership between the Federal Government and community services such as Relationships Australia and Centacare
Both parents should be involved in making decisions on issues such as education, religion and place of residence
Children to have the right to spend time with both parents on a regular basis
Greater recognition of the role of grandparents
Cases involving children that go to court would be less adversarial
Expansion in children's contact services, the Contact Orders Program and men's services, including Mensline.
Extra $15 million in 2004-05 for support services