Smoother path for family law

CASINO and Kyogle families negotiating their way through the complex legal system now have a smoother path, thanks to a network of willing support agencies.

The Northern Rivers Pathways Network was launched in Casino last week and aims to increase co-ordination of services for families with problems around family law issues.

Federal Magistrate Anne Demack and Justice Bell attended the event alongside many local family support agencies, including Brighter Futures, Legal Aid and the Community Legal Centre.

The network was launched in the region in 2009, but was recently expanded to include Casino and Kyogle.

The network encourages all the varied support services to work together and to get to know each other, Interrelate Family Centres family relationship services Lismore area manager Julie Leete said.

“It means the service system families have to negotiate is better connected,” she said.

“There is much more case management for families so they don’t have to tell the same story to many different services.

“The purpose of the Casino function was for the service providers in the region to meet the Federal Magistrate and to find out what the Family Law Court needs in terms of referring families.”

The Pathways program was launched by the Federal Government to better support families where there is a high level of conflict or domestic violence.

For more information contact Interrelate family relationship services on 6622 7003.