Dads in Distress



Free help for separated dads. 100% no catch. We are dads, helping dads.

Keeping dads alive and in their kids lives since 1999.



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Support Helpline

National support line, call 1300 853 437, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday), 09:00-17:00 AET, or email us on helpline@parentsbeyndbreakup.com

24/7 Online Chat & Forum

Jump on to our Virtual Verandah, a private online platform allowing you to get & give help to dads nation-wide. Operates via browser or mobile app.

Online Support Meetings

Talk live with dads just like you across Australia. Check the calendar below, select a date that works, click to register. You'll be emailed details how to join.

In-person Support Groups

Community based groups & mentors are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. In the meantime, you can join us online from the comfort of your home.

Separation Checklist

Where to start? What are all the things you wish you knew about now, but that you might not think about before it's too late? Here's a good place to start.

External Support Links

A bunch of links to services most dads we support would probably want to know about. If any are missing, let us know and we'll get them added.


Online Meetings

  • All dads regardless of location are welcome to join any/all online meetings
  • These meetings are conducted secure online video conferencing
  • Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting
  • On a mobile? Click this link, rotate mobile into landscape view, select 'agenda'


In-person Groups

  • All in-person groups are currently suspended due to COVID-19
  • These groups meet at local venues, typically once a week
  • Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting
  • On a mobile? Click this link, rotate mobile into landscape view, select 'agenda'


About Dads in Distress


Every second weekend

2010 Tropfest Australia Finalist film (6min 9secs)



Steve, one of our dads talks about his experience with DIDs



What do people say about us?

Best of all, we didn't ask or pay them to say it either :)