Family law and marriage breakdown in Australia

Australian Family Briefing No 2


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Content type
Research report

February 1993

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This document sets out the demographic features of marriage and separation since the 1970s; refers to the legislation which regulates marriage and divorce; outlines the grounds for divorce; explains nullity; describes the Family Court of Australia; explores the impact of marriage breakdown on children in terms of custody and guardianship, access, arrangements for children and the role of counselling, and court cases involving children; explains how financial disputes are dealt with; provides brief information about child support, and domestic violence and child abuse in relation to Family Court matters