Proceedings in the Family Court of Western Australia are held under either:
- Family Law Act 1975 (Commonwealth) covers those married people who want to divorce and make arrangements for children, property and spousal maintenance.
- Family Court Act 1997 (Western Australia) is the legislation to cover arrangements for children of unmarried people. In 2002, the legislation was amended to incorporate de facto relationships and their property matters.
The Family Court of Western Australia also administers the Adoption Act 1994 (Western Australia) and the Surrogacy Act 2008 (Western Australia) .
Family Law Rules 2004 (Commonwealth)
The Family Law Rules 2004 came in to effect on 29 March 2004. You can view or download the rules from the ComLaw website by clicking on the appropriate link below.
Family Law Rules 2004 - Rules in use by Family Court of Western Australia (Family Court of Western Australia has not adopted the changes made in March 2009 )
Family Law Rules 2004 - Current Rules in use by Family Court of Australia
Family Law Regulations 1984 (Commonwealth)
You can view or download the regulations from the ComLaw website by clicking the link below.
Family Law Regulations 1984
Family Law (Fees) Regulation 2012
Family Court Rules and Regulations (Western Australia)
State Rules and Regulations under which the Family Court of Western Australia operates are contained in the links to the State Law Publisher website below.
Family Court Rules 1998
Family Court Regulations 1998
Other Commonwealth legislation administered by the court:
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