Dad Friendly External Support Links
- Family Law Act 1975
- Best interests of the child definition (FLA 1975, Section 60CC)
- Before you resort to the law, maybe try a low cost, low stress, low conflict mediator - this is one such example.
- Need a lawyer but haven't the funds? Refer links below and/or give us a call on 1300853437; we know a few lawyers willing to help
- Publication of material relating to your case (FLA 1975, Section 121)
- McKenzie Friends are an alternative to lawyers if you need something simpler and lower cost. You might try this group, also we've heard good things about this one.
- Australian Pro Bono Centre: free legal help for individuals
- Family law term explanations in everyday language
- Family court cases between 2000 and 2013
- Family court cases from 2013 onward
- VIC only : The Law Hand Book
- VIC only: How to run a family law case
- Smart Self Rep
- Family Law Tips
Domestic Violence / Sexual Abuse
- Low cost and low adversarial alternative to family law and family court
- Find local support services (through LifeLine)
- Parents tips for separated dads (Mensline)
- Online counselling (Rob Tiller / Perth WA)
- Understanding Parental Alienation - Karen Woodall
- Try our free music and meditation therapy playlists, curated by our dads
Supporting Children Through Separation
- Kids Helpline Age-appropriate information for young children, teenagers and young adults (including information about managing anxiety related to news information), phone counselling, email and SMS services.
Smiling Mind app Free app with short mindfulness exercises for children, teenagers and adults that parents and children can practise together easily. ‘Thriving Inside’ is a dedicated section of the Smiling Mind website and Instagram account that is related to managing COVID-19-related stress and maintaining connectedness.
BITE BACK An online program from the Black Dog Institute for adolescents aged 13–18 years based on positive psychology. It provides information, a mental health fitness challenge and activities such as ‘THINK TANK’ (a gratitude diary) and ‘SNAP THAT’ (a mindfulness activity disguised as a photography activity). The site focuses on developing and maintaining good mental health practices.
eheadspace Free online support and counselling for young people aged 12–25 years. Although it is not an emergency service, the site does provide the option of one-on-one live chats from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, as well as moderated group chats and excellent information for adolescents and families and friends. This site is useful for those wanting information, for tools addressing mild symptoms and for additional support between consultations. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace
BRAVE-Online An evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy–based online program developed by The University of Queensland for children and teenagers with anxiety symptoms. It has a parallel program for parents to help them understand and manage what is occurring for their children. It can be undertaken independently by children and parents or has the option for assistance from an online therapist.