Couples are as diverse as the individuals in them. AIFS explores the whole gamut of couple relationships, asking “What makes them work?”

Publications about Couples

Understanding parenting disputes after separation
Research Report— Aug 2016

Explores the behaviour of separated parents by exploring the psychology of post-separation parental disputes and then interrogating three data sets.

Life satisfaction across life course transitions
Australian Family Trends— Sep 2015

Does life satisfaction improve or decline as people grow older? What happens to people's outlook as they pass through the common events of life?

CFCA— Jul 2015

Outlines modifications that may be necessary for relationship education to be appropriate for LGBT couples, and provides suggestions for therapists.

The economic consequences of divorce in six OECD countries
Research Report— Mar 2015

Estimates for men and women are derived from longitudinal data from Australia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Family law court filings 2004-05 to 2012-13
Research Report— Feb 2015

This report analyses trends in family law court filings over a nine year period between 2004-05 and 2012-13

CFCA— Jun 2014

Reviews recent research findings into couples in long-term relationships (married and de facto) that provide insight into the couple relationship.

Families, policy and the law
Collection— May 2014

This AIFS book explore some of the complexities of the child and family issues facing those working in social policy and legal systems

Australian households and families
Australian Family Trends— Jul 2013

This facts sheet examines the extent and nature of change in household and family forms.

Australian families with children and adolescents
Australian Family Trends— Jul 2013

This facts sheet examines the extent and nature of change in household and family forms.

Working out relationships
Australian Family Trends— May 2013

This facts sheet focuses on partnership and fertility trends, with a view to feeding into such decision-making

Divorce and the wellbeing of older Australians
Research Paper— Apr 2010

Using data from the HILDA survey, this article provides estimates on the impact of divorce on wellbeing for older Australians aged 55-74 years

Evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms
Report— Dec 2009

The evaluation assessed the extent to which, by 2009, the changes to the family law system had been effective in achieving the policy aims

Evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms: Summary report
Report— Dec 2009

This summary report provides an overview of the evaluation findings

Cooperation and coordination: An evaluation of the Family Court of Australia's Magellan case-management model
Report— Oct 2007

Evaluation of Magellan against its intended goal of being an effective mechanism for responding to allegations of sexual or physical abuse of children

Research Paper— Feb 2007

This report provides some of the first estimates of the financial consequences of divorce for Australians aged 55 to 74 years using HILDA survey data.