How can I be part of the Lower Mid North Coast Family Law Pathways Network?
There are many ways you and your organisation can contribute to forming a more collaborative family law system – from simply sharing the latest information about your service, to attending a Network event and participating in collaborative projects.
Membership is free for anyone who wishes to join and is relevant to all professional working across family law, child protection and children and family services. The only criteria are that you work in the family sector and have an interest in maintaining links with others.
Family Law Pathways Network - Taree Membership
FLPN Port Macquarie Stakeholders & Registration
• Raise the understanding of the role and expertise of all professionals in the family law system; and
• Provide training in a multi-disciplinary way to network members.Our StructureFamily Law Pathways Networks are managed by a local steering committee which draws expertise across government, non-government and legal organisations. The Network is the primary organisation that brings all public, community and private service providers together including the Family Law Judiciary, Family Relationship Centre providers, Therapists, Private Legal Practitioners, Legal Aid NSW and Community Legal Centres. A Project Officer is employed to coordinate the day to day operations of the Network.Our PurposeOur purpose is to create a clear pathway for families making their way through the family law system. In order to provide a clear dispute resolution pathway for separating families, the family law system depends on cooperation between a range of service providers: the community sector, the Family Law Courts, government agencies and departments, the legal profession and the research sector.We also recognise that families may require services such as police, drug and alcohol, mental health, housing, parenting education and family violence organisations as part of the dispute resolution process.For family law practitioners this necessitates:• An awareness of all available post-separation services;
• An understanding referral processes;
• Keeping abreast of changes in the way services are provided;
• Access to family law specific professional development and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education opportunities;
• Keeping up to date with current changes to family law, regional Family Court information and legal issues at a federal and local level.For other service providers this necessitates:• An improved understanding of legal/court processes;
• Understanding requirements of courts and lawyers; and
• Keeping up to date with changes in the substantive law.
Stakeholders involved may include but are not limited to:
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
Community Legal Centres
Legal Aid NSW
Family Relationship Service Providers
Family Violence Services
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Support Services
Aboriginal Support Services
Family Support Services
Foster Care Services
Mental Health Services
Drug and Alcohol Services
Federal Department of Human Services
Family and Community Services
Aged, Home Care and Disability Services
Membership is free. The only criteria are that you work in the family sector and have an interest in maintaining links with others.