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Australian Family Law - CCH Australia IntelliConnect

  Comprehensive Family Law Library including:

  • Family Law Cases
  • Australian Family Law Act Partner
  • Australian Family Law and Practice Commentary
  • Australian Family Law Handbook

The Family Law Book


The Family Law Book has been designed to take you quickly to a concise but comprehensive statement of Australian family law and procedure, with extracts from key legislation and leading case law. [NOTE: this database works best with the Mozilla Firefox internet browser].

The Family Law Book is used by family lawyers around Australia as an essential and time saving tool containing all you need to know about routine family law with practical guidance as to how to prepare a family law case or negotiate an agreement.

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LexisNexis Practical Guidance: Family Law

Practical Guidance: Family Law

LexisNexis Practical Guidance titles provides access to a broad collection of guidance notes, commentary, checklists, precedents, forms, cases and legislation.

LexisNexis have produced a short [length: 02:49] video to give you a visual overview of using the Practical Guidance series.

Lawyers Practice Manual

Lawyers Practice Manual Victoria - Westlaw AU


  • The Lawyers Practice Manual Victoria is a procedural guide which deals with the everyday questions of legal practice and procedure.
  • The manual's practical information and subject coverage are designed to meet the needs of both the community legal centre and private practitioner.                              

Law Handbook - Fitzroy Legal Service

The Law Handbook (Fitzroy Legal Service)  

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Law reform proposals

Christine Porter, 'Court Reforms to Help Families Save Time and Costs in Family Law Disputes' (Media Release, Attorney-General's Department (Cth), 30 May 2018) <>.

Attorney-General's Department (Cth), Structural Reforms of the Federal Courts (Web Page) <>.

Australian Law Reform Commission, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System, (Report No 35, March 2019).

Journal articles

Journal articles can be found in databases listed in Researching Secondary Law Sources - Finding journal articles