The Family Court of Western Australia was established in 1976 as a State court under the Family Court Act 1975.
The court is presided over by judges, magistrates and registrars. It is vested with State and Federal jurisdiction in matters of family law and deals with divorce, property of a marriage or defacto relationship, matters relating to children, maintenance, adoptions and surrogacy.
The Department of the Attorney General (WA) provides administrative and logistical support for the operation of this court, which is federally funded.
The principal registry is located at 150 Terrace Road, Perth, Western Australia.
The court sits in Perth, but country circuits are conducted at specified regional centres at Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.
Local magistrates have limited jurisdiction in country locations, dealing mainly with enforcement matters and interim applications.