Support options

Online Forums

Free to join and secure. Chat with other parents facing similar challenges. Share wisdom. Share ideas. Ask for help.

Sign up to our Virtual Verandah (help)

Attend an Online Meeting

Talk amongst peers who have, or are, experiencing complex family breakdown. Free of charge.

Just register for one of our online meetings and you will receive an email with your link to join.


DIDs Telephone

Telephone Helpline

Call our helpline on 1300 853 437 or +61 2 6652 8113. The helpline operates Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm AEST (Sydney/Melbourne timezone), and Saturday 10am - 5pm AEST.
If our operators are busy on other calls, leave a voicemail and we will call you back.

DIDs Mentors


In some locations, we have mentors who can meet and help you on a personal, one to one basis. Mentors are listed here for dads and here for mums. Call or email the helpline to arrange a meeting with a mentor local to you.

Separation Checklist

Separation Checklist

Two decades of experience has led us to learn a little about the kind of things you need to know day one; here's that list.

Circle of Chairs

Attend Local Support Groups


Meet other dads (mums) who have an are experiencing complex family breakdown. Free of charge, no need to book, no preparation needed. Just turn up. Locations and times are listed on the Dads in Distress and Mums in Distress pages.

Email us This email address is for support only. If you are contacting us for non support matters, please refer to our contact page.

Parents Beyond Breakup not only support parents experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation but also acknowledge the specific issue of parent-child contact and custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’ a factor closely linked to stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide in Australia.Every child deserves to have a relationship with both of their parents ….