Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) support services
CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) support services
Child abduction
Child protection (DHHS)
Child support
Dispute resolution
Family violence
Financial matters / Property settlement
Financial statements
Financial counselling
Individual support (helplines)
LGBTIQ support services
Professional bodies
Superannuation and superannuation information request forms

These websites offer general information about family law and link to support services which may be useful to separating couples.

They are for convenience only. Forte Family Lawyers does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of the information on the websites.


Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

An Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation offering numerous programs to strengthen families, provide parenting support, and respond to family violence.

Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service Inc

A service for Aboriginal women experiencing family violence. Services include counselling, court support, and a high security refuge.
Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Services

Information about the range of services offered by RAV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about family relationships.


Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)

Telephone and onsite interpreting and document translation services. Telephone interpreting can often be provided immediately without a booking.

Immigrant Women’s Domestic Violence Service

Telephone service for women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are victims of domestic violence.
1800 755 988

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

A state-wide service for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people in response to family violence. Services include crisis support, phone service, therapeutic counselling, men’s behaviour change program, group work, children’s groups, women’s groups, family camps, and holiday programs.


Attorney General’s Webpage

This website contains information about international child abduction, steps to prevent a child being removed from Australia, guide for applying for the return of a child taken from Australia under the Hague Convention and contact details.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) – Family Law Watch list

This website includes information about the police and family law, the Family Law Watch List (airport watch list), how to place your child on the Family Law Watch List and what to do if your child is on the watch list.

International Social Service (ISS) Australia

An independent, not for profit organisation that provides assistance to families experiencing international parental child abduction. Includes downloadable general information brochure about international parental child abduction.

Australian Passport Office – Child Alert

This website includes information about making a Child Alert request with a link to the child alert request form.


Child protection (DFFH)

This website provides information regarding the role and services provided by the Department of Fairness, Families and Housing Child Protection unit.


Department of Human Services (Child Support)
Information on this website includes the child-support assessment process, child-support online estimators, options for the payment and collection of child support, issues when children or parents lived outside Australia and support for people affected by family violence.

New applications for child support can be made online from this page.

Child Support Forms
This page provides links to child support forms including Application to Change your Assessment – Special Circumstances, Application for Post Separation Income to be Excluded, Child over 18 in full-time secondary education, Child Support Agreement form, Estimate of Income for use in child support assessment, Non-agency payment details.

Child Support Guides
A parent’s guide to child support, containing a range of information to help parents understand the child support scheme:

A technical guide to the Australian child support system containing information about the scheme, child support assessments, registrable maintenance liabilities, the rules relating to objections, reviews, appeals and Court applications under the child support legislation, and options for collection of child support payments:


Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

As of 1 September 2021, The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) was established to consolidate the two federal courts which previously dealt with family law matters: the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia.

This new court structure has created a single point of entry for all family law matters and provided a harmonised set of rules and forms for family law proceedings.

The Central Practice Direction dated 1 September 2021 sets out a focus on dispute resolution to reduce costs, delay and emotional stress for litigants, as well as a focus on responses to family violence and risks to children.

Information available includes daily Court lists, online forms, downloadable brochures, Court filing fees, costs, judgments, legislation, contact details. The website contains a wide range of useful information and resources for separated parents and couples, kids and young people and grandparents and other family members including issues arising upon separation, divorce, child related issues, family violence, property and financial matters and the court process. That information includes some helpful videos setting out what to expect if your family law matter proceeds to court. 

To visit the website go to:

Commonwealth Courts portal
Access to your family law matter online. From this site you can see a list of documents filed and Orders made, file court documents online, see upcoming Court dates.

Magistrates Court of Victoria
Information available includes daily Court lists, online forms, legislation, contact details. Contains a range of information regarding intervention orders, personal safety intervention orders and Court support services.


Parties involved in family law disputes are encouraged to resolve their disputes, if it is safe to do so, before making an application to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
For more information on family dispute resolution in Australia go to:

Family Relationship Centres
This website provides general information about ways you can reach agreement about your parenting and property issues without attending court. The Advice Line also provides phone information and referrals: 1800 050 321

The Alternative Courtroom
A fee paying arbitration service, offering separating couples an alternative to a Court determined outcome. Jack Campbell is an arbitrator on this website.

Arbitration and Mediation
AIFLAM – The Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
An independent body that promotes and offers training in both Family law arbitration and mediation. Jacky Campbell is a member of AIFLAM and is an arbitrator on this website.


Under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) family violence means violent, threatening or other behaviour that coerces or controls a member of the person’s family (the family member), or cause them to be fearful.
The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia provides many resources and information sheets on family violence, help and support, safety at court and frequently asked questions, go to:
Intervention orders
The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria can make intervention orders to protect people who have experienced violent or threatening or abusive behaviour.
Support services

A wide range of services are available to offer information and support for those experiencing or have experienced family violence.1800 RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Service

National 24/7 phone and online referral, information and support service for men, women and children.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
Not-for-profit state wide resource centre that provides training, publications, research and other resources of those experiencing (or who have experienced) family violence, and practitioners and service organisations who work with family violence survivors.

Safe Steps
Emergency accommodation, 24 hour crisis line, referral, information and support services for women and children.

No To Violence – Men’s Referral Service
Confidential telephone service provided for men by men.

1300 766 491

Telephone and online support, information and referral for men with family and relationship concerns.

1300 78 99 78


Federal Circuit and Family Court Website
This court’s website provides information regarding financial matters, including reaching agreement without going to Court, spousal maintenance and steps to be undertaken if you agree, or don’t agree, about property and finance matters.



Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website
This page on the website of the Family Court provides information regarding a party’s obligation to provide full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances and how to complete a Financial Statement, which must be filed with the Court if a party is seeking a property settlement, spousal maintenance, child support or financial enforcement.



Family Mediation Centre
Financial difficulties arise for a whole range of reasons including separation or inability to manage figures or face conflict. FMC’s financial counselling service is free, confidential and delivered by professionals.



Beyond Blue
This website includes information and support to help members of the community to achieve their best possible mental health. It provides contact information for targeted national helplines and websites as well as support groups and online forums.

This website provides information for those experiencing a personal crisis and gives access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. It also provides tool kits and referrals to online peer support forums.



This website provides access to legislation and Rules, including:

  • Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) – the main legislation covering family law disputes
  • Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 (No. 12, 2021) (Cth) 
  • Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Family Law) Rules 2021 (Cth) – rules governing the court process in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
  • Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)  Rules 2021 (Cth) – rules governing the court process in Division 2 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
  • Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) – legislation about the calculation of child support
  • Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1989 (Cth) – legislation about the collection of child support
  • Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) – legislation dealing with family violence and intervention orders

For more information go to:


Gender Help for Parents
Website to help parents find information and services for issues relating to children’s gender identity.

Drummond St – Queerspace
Services provided include individual, couple, and whole of family counselling, relationship and parenting support services, and assistance to victims of family violence for LGBTIQ people.

A national counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ people. It offers a support line as well as web-counselling through an online chat.


Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
The Family Law Section is a professional association for family law practitioners. Their website provides general information for the public about family law and family lawyers.

Law Institute of Victoria
The Law Institute of Victoria is the peak body for the Victorian legal profession. Their website includes general information for the public about the law and lawyers in Victoria.

Australian Institute of Conveyancing
The Australian Institute of Conveyancing is the peak professional body representing licensed conveyancers in Victoria. Their website provides information regarding where to locate the services of an AIC member near you.

Australian Property Institute
The Australian Property Institute is the leading membership organisation for property professionals. Their website provides information with respect to qualified and experienced property professionals who can assist in your matter, for example by valuing your property.

International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
The IAFL is a worldwide association of lawyers who are recognised as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.This website can help you find an experienced family lawyer in Australia or overseas.

Victorian Bar
The Victorian Bar is the professional association of barristers in Victoria. The website provides information about the role of a barrister and includes profiles for all Victorian barristers.


These website pages provide access to the Superannuation Information Kit, which provides the forms you need, being the Form 6 Declaration, Superannuation Information Request Form and the Superannuation Information Form, to obtain information from the Trustee of an eligible superannuation plan in order to value a superannuation interest.

Note: many superannuation funds provide their own version of these forms and/or online fact sheets and booklets regarding the valuation and splitting of superannuation for family law purposes.


Federal Circuit and Family Court Website
This court website provides information regarding a child born under a surrogacy arrangement (including in Australia and overseas).

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