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Dear members,

The Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia are collaborating to bring you free monthly webinars for the remainder of the year. The next national webinar will include guest speaker Jennifer McIntosh, renowned clinical and developmental psychologist who will be covering child inclusive and developmentally focused dispute resolution next Wednesday (2 September). You can view the webinar flyer here

Angela Lynch, President and CEO of Women's Legal Service Queensland will also be presenting a webinar on Wednesday 23 September. Details about what Angela will be covering in this webinar and how to register will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.  
Child Inclusive and Developmentally Focused Dispute Resolution webinar
The Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia invite you to attend a free webinar by renowned clinical and developmental psychology, Professor Jennifer McIntosh.

About the webinar: In this webinar, award winning researcher, Professor Jennifer McIntosh will describe the rationale for applying a developmental perspective to family law dispute resolution, and detail two evidence-based approaches to this work, covering infancy through to late adolescence. The principles of 'Child Inclusive Mediation' and the 'Young Children in Divorce and Separation' program will be briefly outlined, followed by a Q&A and group discussion. The online training for both programs, housed on the Children Beyond Dispute website will also be discussed.

About the speaker: Professor Jennifer McIntosh, PhD. AM is a clinical and developmental psychologist, family therapist and researcher. In her research fields, Jennifer has specialised in the development of assessment methods and interventions for separated families in high conflict. In 2019, she received national recognition for her work, through the award of Member of the Order of Australia, for significant contributions to developmental psychology. In 2011, she was recipient of the AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award. This international award recognises outstanding research and/or research achievements in the field of family law and divorce.

Jennifer is known internationally for the development of the 'Child Inclusive Mediation' process, supported by a four-year prospective study of outcomes, since replicated in the USA. Through this work, she has had a substantial impact on both policy and practice formation in Australian and international family law. Her family law work is now housed at

Jennifer continues her family trauma research now as Professor of Research with The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Deakin University, and Fellow of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Jennifer has played a leading role in national and international research and associated professional development programs. Key stakeholders include the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, Family and Community Services, The Office for the Status of Women, and the Family Court of Australia, the UK Family Justice Council and the AFCC (USA).
When:  Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: Online via YouTube
Cost: Free
Register: Click here to register
Please note that registered participants will be emailed a link for the webinar within 24 hours of the scheduled start time and will also have access to a recording of the webinar for a period of time following the live stream.
Spotlight on a local service
Hume Riverina Community Legal Service
Hume Riverina Community Legal Service (HRCLS) is a not-for-profit community legal centre (CLC) established in 1999 under the auspice of Upper Murray Family Care.

We are a nationally accredited CLC and are members of the Federation of CLCs Victoria, CLCs NSW and CLCs Australia.

We help people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable and would not otherwise be able to get legal assistance.

We are passionate about linking the community with the law and advocating for the interests of regional and remote communities. 

We provide free legal advice both in person and over the phone by appointment. 
Referrals and wait times:
Wait times vary depending upon demand but people can usually receive advice within a week of contacting the service. 

Client eligibility and cost:
We service both sides of the border in various locations across 17 LGA's. Our service is available to those who are financially disadvantaged and vulnerable. We are a free service. 
Phone: 1800 918 377

Address: 27-29 Stanley Street, Wodonga, Victoria, 3690
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (closed between 1:00pm-1:45pm)

COVID-19 changes:
All services are being provided via telephone due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Upcoming events and training
August 2020
Words matter: How to use frames effectively to advance child mental health webinar
Presented by the Australian Institute of Family Studies
Wednesday 26 August (Today) at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information. 

September 2020
Child inclusive and developmentally focused dispute resolution webinar
Presented by the Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia
Wednesday 2 September at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information. 

Responding to family violence in First Nations families to support children's social and emotional wellbeing webinar
Presented by the Australian Institute of Family Studies
Wednesday 9 September at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information. 

Breakfast with the experts: Without prejudice communication in family law matters
Presented by the Law Institute of Victoria
Thursday 17 September at 9:00am to 10:30am
Cost: $88 to $121
Click here to register and for more information. 
Family law local news
Family Relationship Services waiting times
Please note that the wait time is from the service request to the Intake appointment. 
Children's Contact Service
Service requests are still being accepted and Intake appointments are occurring via phone or Zoom. 
Supervised contacts are occurring face-to-face at the contact centre on weekdays with COVID-19 safe protocols in place. Zoom 'virtual visits' are also being offered.
The wait time for supervised contact is four to six months.
The Children's Contact Service are currently unable to facilitate changeovers due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Family Relationship Centre 
Currently, no face-to-face client appointments are occurring.
Clients are having Intake appointments via phone.
Phone or video conference FDR sessions are being facilitated in suitably assessed cases.
The wait time is between 8 and 10 weeks.

Please note that the above information is subject to change at short notice.
Parenting Orders Program (POP)
The 2020 Parenting Orders Program flyer can be viewed here.
Service requests are being taken on an ongoing basis and Intake appointments are occurring via phone or Zoom.
Counselling is being delivered by phone and Zoom. 

Building Better Bridges program
This is a six week group program for separated parents in high conflict.
Term 3 began on 11 August for 6 weeks on a Tuesday from 10am-12pm or 5:30pm-7:30pm.
This Term 3 program is being delivered via Zoom, with the groups now at capacity.
Service requests are being accepted for those parents interested in enrolling for Term 4.   

Children's Jigsaw program
This five week group program provides support and assistance to children of separated or divorced families.
The Term 3 Jigsaw program has been postponed due to COVID-19. 
Junction Support Services - RISE program
The Recovery, Individual Safety and Empowerment (RISE) program is a new family violence program being offered locally by Junction Support Services and the Australian Childhood Foundation. The program provides therapeutic support and counselling to children and young people for up to six months and adults for six months to one year.
You can view the RISE program brochure here
Albury Registry of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court Circuit Weeks
14-18 September 2020                     Judge Mercuri
23-27 November 2020                      Judge Mercuri
Family law statewide and national news
The 'profound shift' under way in Australia's family law courts
Written by Michaela Whitbourn for The Sydney Morning Herald 
This article discusses the Lighthouse Project, a pilot program and a push to resolve matters via alternative dispute resolution (ADR). 
Click here to read the article.

Domestic violence bill inspired by Hannah Clarke's murder introduced to Parliament 
Written by Matthew Doran for ABC News
This articles discusses the recent introduction of a private member's bill to Parliament, which aims to remove confusing family law legislation, in particular, the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility. 

Click here to read the article.

New online program for couples going through divorce could keep disputes out of court
Written by Jessica Moran for ABC News
This article discusses a new online system, Amica, which aims to help separating couple resolve their property disagreements without needing to go to court. The tool was launched by Legal Aid Tasmania and has been funded by the Federal Government and developed by National Legal Aid.
Click here to read the article.

Domestic violence on the rise during pandemic
Written by Anthony Galloway for The Sydney Morning Herald
This article highlights the increase in domestic violence and abuse experienced by women during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to read the article. 

Number of couples seeking separation advice soars during lockdown
Written by Wendy Tuohy for The Sydney Morning Herald 
This article discusses Relationship Australia and other organisations research on relationships and mediation services.  
Click here to read the article. 

Increase to family law court fees
As of 1 July 2020, the fees payable in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court have changed.
You can read about the current fees payable here.
Family law resources and research
Positive post-separation parenting podcast
Emerging Minds
In this podcast, Dr Priscilla Dunk-West, social worker and sociologist, discusses the key elements that support positive parenting after divorce or separation.
Listen to the podcast here.

Autism, neurodiversity, and child-centred practice podcast
Emerging Minds
In this podcast, Dr Erin Bulluss covers what Autism is, why there can be such a variation in how autistic people present, and suggestions for how to work with Autistic children in a way that is child-centred.
Listen to the podcast here.

Family violence warning signs tip sheet
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
This tip sheet aims to help professionals delivering essential services identify the warning signs of family violence. 
View the tip sheet here.

When coercive control continues to harm children: Post-separation fathering, stalking and domestic violence
Child Abuse Review 
This article explores how domestic violence perpetrators use coercive control against their children post-separation. 
View the article here.

Invisible practices: Working with fathers who use violence webinar
Australian Institute of Family Studies
This webinar discussed how practitioners can engage with fathers who use domestic and family violence.
View a recording of the webinar here.

If you have any content that you would like featured in our next e-bulletin or have some general feedback, please email us. 
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