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Family, relationships and children

Access information about family law and Family Court: find out what happens after you separate to the children, property, and ways to reach agreement depending on your particular circumstances. 

 

Relationships - breakdown

What exactly is separation, versus divorce, and how are things different for married, de facto, and same-sex couples.  More...

    

Family dispute resolution

There are two ways to solve a legal problem: go to court (adversarial) or reach agreement (settle). To reach agreement you negotiate, mediate, arbitrate, use counselling, or some other method of alternative dispute resolution.  Family dispute resolution is one of these methods.  More...

 

Financial matters

The law regarding division of property varies depending on your circumstances like marriage or de facto status. Orders you can get in the Family Court to protect your interests.  More...

 

Going to Family Court

Starting legal proceedings in the Family Court is a formal way to resolve your legal issues. Learn what steps to take.  More...

Children - lives with and visits  

Factors parents and the Family Court must consider when deciding who children live with, visit, and communicate with. How parenting is regulated.  More...

 

 

Children - support 

Parents are legally obliged to provide financial support to their children. Sometimes determining parentage is part of that process.  More...

Children - movements

What are the options when one parent moves the children without the other parent's consent or knowledge. Orders you can get in the Family Court.  More...

 

Children - legal documents

Common legal documents relating to children when you want to travel with them, or change their name.  More...

Children - protection

What you can do when the Department for Child Protection is involved with your family because of concerns it has for your children.  Factors courts consider when making decisions about children. What to do if you are not happy with decisions made by the Department. What a child representative is in the Children's Court.  

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Families - diversity 

Modern families come in all shapes and sizes. Family law recognises differences and tries to ensure people are treated fairly and appropriately in various circumstances.  More...

Last reviewed: 01/09/2010
Last Modified: 09/11/2012

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The material displayed on this page is intended for information only. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia believes that the information provided is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.