Hundreds of separated WA couples live together as high rents mean neither can afford to leave.
Ms Lawrence said about half of the families who contacted it were of fly-in, fly-out workers, some unable to afford a second household. She said issues facing FIFO families had existed for years but were only now gaining attention, especially the need for early intervention while the family was intact.
Despite big incomes, they often had big debts and then faced child support and a mortgage on a home where no one lived three weeks at a time.
The person who stayed at home often could not work because of the FIFO worker’s shifts and had no income when the relationship broke down.
Kylie Dunjey, of Relationships Australia, said the number of separated couples under the same roof spiked during the global financial crisis and had not abated, particularly as jobs and wages in WA’s mining sector declined.