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Monash teaching & research
Faculty of Law - Dr Becky Batagol
Dr Becky Batagol is a researcher and teacher with a focus on family law, family violence, non-adversarial justice, dispute resolution, gender, child protection and constitutional law.
Faculty of Law - Dr Adiva Sifris
Associate Professor Adiva Sifris has written widely in the area of family law, both in relation to children and property, with a particular focus on de facto relationships, same-sex parenting and family violence.
Faculty of Law - Dr Renata Alexander
Dr Alexander is a senior lecturer with the law faculty, teaching subjects such as Parents, Children and the State; Professional Practice; Forensic Family Law.
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One subject heading used is Domestic relations -- Australia
"The area of law relating to the regulation of domestic or personal relationships and the consequences that flow from the end of such relationships. Family law is concerned with matters such as the welfare of children, property and maintenance disputes between married or de facto partners, and legal termination of marital relationships through divorce or annulment. The Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and the Family Court of Western Australia are the main courts exercising family law jurisdiction." (From the Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary)
See also The Law Handbook 2018 - 'Relationships, families and young people'
Look at Halsbury's Laws of Australia - Title 205 Family Law and Lexis Practical Guidance AU Family for guidance and forms.
The two main series of specialist family law reports in Australia are:
Sometimes the same case is reported in both series. Check CaseBase or FirstPoint to see whether a case has been reported in an authorised series, eg CLR.
Court judgments (unreported)
Recent judgments from the FamCAFC
Check Lawlex or LawOne for more, and to update legislation.
Reports & Inquiries
A Better Family Law System to Support and Protect those Affected by Family Violence
Parliament of Australia, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal
Affairs. Includes terms of reference, submissions, public hearings and final report (December, 2017)
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Contains research, roundtables, consultation papers, speeches, issue papers and practical guidelines, and Final Report (Dec 2017)
Structural Reform of the Federal Courts
On 1 January 2019, a new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) will be established through the amalgamation of the Family Court of Australia (Family Court) and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC)
Australian Federal Police Family Law Kit
Contains general information in summary form on Family Law orders including forms, links and publications
Australian Government Family Law Guide
Contains links to government information about Australia's family law system and the family courts
Best Practice Guidelines For Lawyers Doing Family Law Work
4th edition, 2017
Prepared by the Family Law Council and Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Family Law Council
The Family Law Council advises and makes recommendations to the Attorney-General about the workings of the Family Law Act and other matters relating to family law
Family Violence Law eLearning - Intersections (VLA)
Intersections is an interactive training module with three learning streams aimed primarily at criminal lawyers, family lawyers and child protection lawyers. It focuses on the complex cross-jurisdictional issues that lawyers routinely deal with but can find challenging in busy practices, and it replicates the real life environments in which lawyers see clients and engage with other professionals.