Relationships Australia welcomes pilot counselling and education program

Date: Mar 05, 2014

A new program that will provide couples and families in Australia with access to more relationship support and services has been revealed by Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews.

As it stands, the plan is to trial the program for 12 months, beginning in July 2014, and then evaluate its successes and failures.

The program would give 100,000 of the most in-need couples and families around the country $200 off relationship education and counselling, such as "parenting education, conflict resolution and financial management education," states Relationships Australia.

This not-for-profit organisation that itself offers relationship support and services has welcomed Mr Andrews' program and believes it will provide many benefits for couples and families going through hard times.

Mr Andrews announced that he was "committed to strengthening Australian relationships", no matter what their shape or form.

That means couples who are engaged or already married, as well as those in committed relationships - such as de facto partners and same-sex couples - may all be eligible for the subsidised relationship education and counselling.

According to Mr Andrews, one of the key aims of the program is to "create a better environment" in which Australian children may grow up.

"Research consistently shows that an environment with low levels of conflict is healthier for children," claims Relationships Australia.

The program's education and counselling services will be able to help couples to determine how a "great degree of happiness and stability" can be achieved in their relationships - even if that means contacting a divorce law firm and going their separate ways.

Matt Rowell, Chair of Relationships Australia's National Board, said in a January 23 statement that his organisation is all for "early intervention" when it comes to couples and families.

"Evidence shows there are positive results for couples and families when they have been equipped with the skills to manage difficult times, as well as the benefits of help-seeking behaviour during difficult periods in relationships," explained Mr Rowell.

However, sometimes - despite your best efforts - relationships don't work out, and you and your spouse may decide your best course of action is to apply for a divorce.

That's where Craddock Murray Neumman's team of family lawyers can help you out. For expert advice on the divorce process, child custody arrangements and support, please get in touch with us today.