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Rainbow Families – Family Law Obstacles

New Research Centre finds gap in understanding of how family law system is failing rainbow families

A scoping review undertaken by the new Centre for Better Relationships shows that we know very little about how rainbow families access family law support services, or if indeed they are accessing them at all. The Centre’s first research paper entitled ‘Rainbow family formation and dissolution in Australia: A scoping review of the literature’ was commissioned by Better Place Australia. The review will be released on Monday morning.

The Centre for Better Relationship’s research found that rainbow families continue to experience discrimination when they access services generally and employ a range of protective strategies to limit their experience of discrimination and homophobia.

Serge Sardo, the CEO of Better Place Australia,who commissioned the research says “ The learning for us as a family law services provider is that we need to develop a better understanding of how the contemporary family law system serves, or fails to serve rainbow families.”

In response to the paper the not for profit agency Better Place Australia has been preparing a service suite called Better Pride. The Better Pride services are intended to fill the service gap for rainbow families during and after separation, ensuring that all families have access to equitable services.

Serge Sardo says “Good research and good practice together can improve client experiences ensuring that everyone has equitable access to support during difficult times in their lives. The colocation of research and practice helps keep research grounded in people’s lived experiences. The real value of research knowledge is in its application.”

The Centre for Better Relationships and the Better Pride services will be launched on Monday morning.


Serge Sardo is available for interview on 0439 578 277 from 7.00am to 9.30am on Monday or after 12.00PM. He is also available to travel to Melbourne studios subsequent to the launch. Media contact – Graeme Westaway 0438 318 311

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