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Family Law

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Subscription databases

Subscription services
Available to Deakin staff and students - includes Australian Family Law and Practice (CCH), Australian De Facto Relationships Law (CCH), Australian Journal of Family Law (Lexis)


Australian Institute of Family Studies
According to the site: 'The Institute is a Commonwealth statutory authority established in 1980 to promote the identification and understanding of factors affecting marital and family stability in Australia'. It contains the following sections: What's new, About AIFS, Media, Research, Publications, Information, Databases, Links, Courses, Conferences, National Child Protection Clearing House and National Youth Suicide Prevention Communications Project.

Family Court of Australia
Includes contact information, court lists, forms, judgments, information on legal costs, legislation, practice directions, case management guidelines, papers, publications and information and links relating to various family law matters, such as child support, child abuse, confidentiality, de facto relationships, maintenance, separation, property, superannuation etc. There is also an email notification service. An excellent site.

Family Court of Australia Cases (at AustLII)
‘This database contains decisions of the Family Court of Australia from 1988 as selected by the Court.’

Family Law (AustLII)
Links to Family Law sites

Family Law Act (Cth) (through AustlII)

Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
This site provides general information about the council and a list of its reports and other publications. Plenty of interesting information here.

Relationships (AustLII Hot Topics - October 1999)
Information about new NSW legislation dealing with Property which covers de facto and same sex couples.

Children, child support and maintenance

For the sake of the kids - complex contract cases and the Family Court
Australian Law Reform Commission Report No 73 (15 April 1995)

Seen and heard: priority for children in the legal process
Australian Law Reform Commission Report No 84 (30 September 1997)

United States


American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
About the Academy, lawyers directory, legal research guide, articles, divorce manual: a client handbook, ethical standards for family law, calendar of events, childrens’ bill of rights, hot topics, meeting information, publications, links and more.

Divorce Source: The Divorce Research Centre
US focus. According to the site 'The "Research Center" provides links to thousands of divorce related articles, case law, case analysis, and web pages.'

Some useful resources

Marriage Resources - Legal Information Institute
Overview, landmark and recent decisions, state laws and judicial decisions and other resources.

Tables Summarising Family Law in the Fifty States (US)
From the American Bar Association, Family Law Section - a useful comparison.


Adoption - Legal Information Institute
Includes overview, federal statutes and judicial decisions, relevant state acts and cases, international materials and other references.


Child Custody - Legal Information Institute
Includes overview, federal statutes and judicial decisions, relevant state acts and cases, international resources and other references.

Children’s Rights - Legal Information Institute
Includes overview, federal statutes and judicial decisions, relevant state acts and cases, international material and other references.


Divorce Resources - Legal Information Institute
Includes overview, federal judicial decisions, relevant state acts and cases and other references.

Domestic violence

Commission on Domestic Violence
From the American Bar Association. Contains information about the Commission and its members, where and how to get help, information about domestic violence (including statistics and myths & facts), events, commission news, teaching about domestic violence, research inquiries, domestic violence resources and a general bibliography.

Other jurisdictions

International Family Law: A Selective Resource Guide
Guide by Marylin J Raisch (University of Toronto) published 15 August 2000 at LLRX. It provides a guide categorised by topic along with numerous useful links. Great looking article.

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7th June 2013