We aim to:

  • To create a platform for those working within the broad sector of Family Law to come together to establish and maintain professional relationships.
  • To develop, maintain and share and resources.
  • To provide multi- disciplinary training and professional development opportunities.
Our Vision

Family Law Pathways Network - Vision & Structure

Family Law Pathways Network Sydney Purpose & Team

Our Structure Family Law

Our Structure

Family Law Pathways Network is a national network for professionals working with families who are separating, or have separated. It is funded by the Attorney-General’s Department and managed by a local steering committee which draws expertise across government, non-government and legal organisations.

The Network is the primary organisation bringing together all public, community and private service providers, including the Family Law Judiciary, Family Relationship Service providers, Therapists, Private Legal Practitioners and Mediators, Legal Aid NSW, services in the Family and Domestic Violence, ATSI, and mental health sectors, and Community Legal Centres.

A Project Officer is employed to coordinate the day to day operations of the Network.


Our Purpose

Central West NSW covers a large area of central NSW from Lithgow in the east, Dubbo in the west, Mudgee in the north and Cowra in the south.  It is the purpose of the CNSW FLPN to create awareness of all the resources that are available within the region for those who are making their way through the family law system.

For family law practitioners this necessitates:

An awareness of all available post-separation services.

Access to family law specific professional development and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education opportunities.

An understanding referral process.

Keeping abreast of changes in the way services are provided.

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.

Keeping up to date with changes in the substantive law.


Our Team

The Steering Committee members for 2021-22 are:

Name / Position
Ruth Pilkinton, Co-Chair
Legal Aid NSW
Elke Pitkethley, Co-Chair
Uniting Counselling & Mediation
Helen Miedzinski, DeputyCo-Chair
Regional Law Society
Melissa Merritt, Deputy Co-Chair
Community Restorative Centre
Fred Bretthauer, Treasurer
Catholic Care, Diocese of Broken Bay
Rick Welsh
The Shed, Aboriginal Men’s Network, Aboriginal Family Law Pathways
Louise Elkington
Relationships Australia NSW
Julia Schwarz
Family Court of Australia/Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Jenny Kadwell
Catholic Care, Sydney
Natalie Sawtschek
Anglicare Parramatta
Gil Avenaim
Interrelate, Caringbah
Melanie Ward, Project Officer