We have separated or are thinking about separation. What do we need to read + understand first about seeking assistance, child custody + financial matters?

The Family Court of Australia prescribes as mandatory reading the following Fact Sheets.

Whilst it may appear counter-intuitive, starting here will maximise the chances of you resolving your differences +/or settling matters outside of the Family Court.

Marriage, families and separation

This brochure provides information for people considering, or affected by separation or divorce.

It includes information about:

  • the social and legal effects of separation;
  • the services provided to families by the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia and by government, community and other agencies, and
  • some of the steps involved in court proceedings.

Pre-action procedure for parenting cases

This brochure provides information for people considering applying to a court for parenting orders.

Pre-action procedures apply to financial cases.

This brochure provides information for people considering applying to a court for financial orders.

Compulsory Family Dispute Resolution
➲ Court procedures and Requirements

For more free information + resources generally

Please refer to our Australian Family Law Resources + Dispute Resolution -> Smart List


This FAQ was written by James D. Ford GAICD | Principal Solicitor, Blue Ocean Law Group℠.

Important Notice:

This FAQ is intended for general interest + information only.

It is not legal advice, nor should it be relied upon or used as such.

We recommend you always consult a lawyer for legal advice specifically tailored to your needs & circumstances.