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Recent family law publications

Independent Children’s Lawyers Study

A report commissioned by the Attorney-General’s Department from the Australian Institute of Family Studies to examine the use of independent children’s lawyers (ICLs) in the family law system.

Survey of Recently Separated Parents 2012

A report commissioned by the Attorney-General’s Department from the Australian Institute of Family Studies to examine the findings of the Survey of Recently Separated Parents.

Family Law Detection of Overall Risk Screen (DOORS) Handbook

Family Law DOORS is a standardised frontline screening tool and framework that has been developed for professionals to use to identify safety risks for clients across the family law system.

The tool and framework is simple, practical and flexible to meet the varying needs of professionals, services and clients.

A hard copy of the Family Law DOORS Handbook can be obtained by emailing FLSIsection@ag.gov.au.

For more information, visit the Family Law DOORS website.

Evaluation of a pilot of legally-assisted and supported family dispute resolution in family violence cases – Final Report - December 2012
A report commissioned by the department undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies to evaluate the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution Pilot.

Scoping Report for the Development of Property and Spousal Maintenance Competencies in Family Dispute Resolution – October 2012
A report commissioned by the department undertaken by the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council to scope the need for development of property and spousal maintenance competencies in family dispute resolution. The project aimed to identify any need for workforce development in the family dispute resolution sector.

Archived family law publications


A new family law system - Government response to Every picture tells a story - June 2005

Response to the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs inquiry into child - custody arrangements in the event of family separation June 2005.

Response to the report

Exposure draft - Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005

Children Beyond Dispute: A four year follow up study of outcomes from child focused and child inclusive post-separation family dispute resolution - April 2009

A follow-up research report comparing outcomes over four years for two groups of separated parents who attended mediation over parenting disputes. These parents engaged in either child - focused mediation or in child - inclusive mediation.

Children Beyond Dispute: A prospective study of outcomes from child focused and child inclusive post - separation family dispute resolution - October 2006

A research report exploring the outcomes for two groups of families using two different types of mediation.

Evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms

A report commissioned by the department and the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on the evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms.

To view the summary report and the report visit the Australian Institute of Family Studies website.

Families Project - Separated parents: Final reports

The following two reports are part of the Longitudinal Study of Separated Parents. They complete the Families project component of the 2006 family law reforms evaluation. They were finalised by AIFS in December 2010.

Parenting dynamics after separation: A follow-up study of parents who separated after the 2006 family law reforms

This study examined the pathways that separating families have taken through the family law system, and the impact the changes to the family law system have had on these families.

Adolescents study: Views of adolescents in separated families - A study of adolescents’ experiences after the 2006 reforms to the family law system

This study aims to understand how adolescent children view their experience of parental separation in the context of the 2006 family law reforms.

Evaluation of the Family Relationship Centre legal assistance partnerships program

A report commissioned by the department and carried out by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Evaluation of the Supporting Children after Separation Program and Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Programs

A report undertaken by the Australian Catholic University's Institute of Child Protection Studies in 2011.

Family law evaluation project 1996 - Parental responsibilities - Two national surveys part one - report - January 1996

A report commissioned by the department and carried out by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

For a copy of this report email FLSIsection@ag.gov.au.

Family law system - Out of the Maze - August 2001

A major report on Australia's family law system. The community is concerned about family breakdown including how the family law system affects separated family members.

Framework for evaluation and longitudinal research - March 2007

Outlines a proposed framework for the evaluation of the Australian Government's family law reform package. The framework was developed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies at the request of the department and the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Online family dispute resolution evaluation

A report commissioned by the department and undertaken by Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ). It describes the development, implementation and rigorous evaluation processes undertaken by RAQ.

Primary dispute resolution - A report on partnerships - June 2004

A report describing the experiences of seven partnership projects funded for two years in 2001 by the former Australian Government.

Shared care parenting arrangements since the 2006 family law reforms

Following reforms to family law in 2006, the former Australian Government commissioned research to evaluate the success of the shared care parenting reforms. This research was commissioned in 2009 and conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the University of Sydney.

Research into post-separation living arrangements: patterns and development outcomes for infants and children

This research was commissioned in 2008 and conducted by Family Transitions.