The Family Law Act Explained

This document details the meaning and intention of each section of the Family Law Act. Where the section replaces, changes or carries over a section of the Family Relations Act that information is included. Each heading links to the corresponding heading in the Family Law Act. This document can be downloaded by Part or as an entire document (PDF). For more information on the Family Law Act visit Family Justice.

Part 1 - Interpretation (PDF) Part 2 – Resolution of Family Law Disputes (PDF)
Part 3 - Parentage (PDF) Part 4 – Care and Time with Children (PDF)
Part 5 - Property (PDF) Part 6 – Pension Division (PDF)
Part 7 – Child and Spousal Support (PDF) Part 8 - Children’s Property (PDF)
Part 9 - Protection from Family Violence (PDF) Part 10 – Court Processes (PDF)
Part 11 - Search Officers (PDF) Part 12 – Regulations (PDF)
Part 13 - Transitional Provisions (PDF) Part 14 - Repeals, Related Amendment and Consequential Amendments (Arbitration Act) (PDF)

These resources are provided to help the legal community and public transition from the Family Relations Act to the Family Law Act. They are not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon for those purposes.