Counsel services for men planned
As part of a comprehensive overhaul of the [Australian] family law regime, scores of new services for men will be funded in a $74 million prevention package.
Mensline Australia will get a big funding boost to support more fathers and to help them become more involved with their children before and after separation.
Up to 45 new “men and family relationship centres” will be funded to help men manage difficult relationships with partners, ex-partners and children.
The extra services are part of a $392 million family law reform plan, which has at its heart a radically different system for handling separation and custody.
Instead of heading to the Family Court, separating parents will be sent to one of 65 new Family Relationship Centres to see if they can agree on a custody plan for their children before they engage lawyers.