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Families and marriage

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Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants
​Celebrants in Australia must comply with the Marriage Celebrant Code of Practice and other guidelines to ensure legal obligations are met.

Family dispute resolution
The law requires separating families who have a dispute about children to make a genuine effort to try to sort it out.

Family Law Council
The council advises and makes recommendations to the Attorney-General on the Family Law Act, legal aid and other matters on family law.

Family relationship services
​The government funds a number of programs to help support family relationships, including counselling services and dispute resolution.

Family violence
​The government has developed a number of measures to improve the family law system's response to family violence and child abuse.

Forced adoptions apology
On 21 March 2013, the Australian Government apologised to people affected by forced adoptions.

Getting married
​We provide information on how to make sure your marriage is legally valid.

International family law and children
​Families who are split across international borders face unique challenges that affect both parents and children.