What is a family report Australia?

A Family Report is an independent family assessment that assists you and the court in making decisions about the children. Family Reports are generally ordered when a case is progressing to a final hearing.

What questions are asked in a family report?

Such family report questions and family report recommendations could deal with:

  • what time, if any, will the children spend with each parent;
  • the parents attending suitable parenting courses;
  • the emotional and psychological issues affecting the parents and children;

Where can I find Australian law reports?

Australian case law databases

  • Westlaw AU. Westlaw AU provides access to Australian reported cases from 1825+ and unreported cases from 1999.
  • Lexis Advance Research & US Research.
  • CCH IntelliConnect.
  • Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

Where can I access law reports?

You can search for cases online using:

  • BAILII – a free database with the widest coverage of case transcripts.
  • LawCite – a free database giving citation information for cases.
  • CommonLII – a free database indexing cases from former Commonwealth countries.

What is the purpose of a family report?

A family report provides information about you, your children and your family to help the court identify what is in your children’s best interests. A family report is one of many documents the court will consider when making decisions about your children.

How do you prove someone is lying in Family Court Australia?

A person is guilty of perjury if it is proven:

  1. They made a false statement under oath,
  2. The statement was made in, or in connection with, judicial proceedings,
  3. The statement concerned a matter which was material to those proceedings, and.

How does a family report work?

A Family Report is a document written by a family consultant appointed by the Court. It provides an independent assessment of the issues in the case and can help the judge hearing the case to make decisions about arrangements for the child/ren. It may also help the parties reach an agreement.

Are Australian court records public?

35.101 In the Federal Court, a person can search and inspect documents specified in the Federal Court Rules 1979 (Cth)—such as applications, pleadings, judgments, orders and submissions—unless the court or a judge has ordered that the document is confidential.

Where can I get case summary?

FindLaw provides an archive with access to summaries of published opinions from 2000 to the present. Courts covered include the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts, and selected state supreme and appellate courts.

Where can I find law cases online?


  • Caselaw Access Project.
  • Google Scholar (Case Law)
  • Justia.
  • PACER.
  • Supreme Court of the United States.
  • United States Courts.

What happens during a family assessment?

The process includes assessing the family’s understanding of the safety and risk factors facing their children, examining what they have done already to address the concerns, what they consider to be the barriers to progress, and their most pressing needs in relation to the safety and risk factors.

Where can I find the laws regarding family reports?

The laws regarding family reports are found in the Family Law Act 1975 and the Family Law Rules 2004 . The Family Court has also produced a fact sheet about family reports. Why is a family report being made?

What is the latest on family law reform in Australia?

The Australian Law Reform Commission report, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System (Report 135) was tabled in Parliament by the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, on 10 April 2019. The ALRC has made 60 recommendations for reform.

How many family law courts are there in Australia?

Presently, there are two Courts primarily hearing family law cases – the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Where can I find the Family Court of Australia’s complaints policy?

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia also has its own official complaints policy, available on the court website. The Family Court’s current complaints policy states that it does not apply to the work of family consultants.