Family Law – Divorce and Children

Divorce doesn’t always have to be messy.

Under the Family Law Act 1975 obtaining a divorce is usually straightforward but if there are young children involved then all of this can change.

Before a Court makes a divorce order it has to be satisfied that proper arrangements have been made for the care, welfare and development of the children of a marriage (under the age of 18 years).

Children of a marriage can include an ex-nuptial child (ie a child born outside of the marriage) of either partner, an adopted child or a child of neither partner in circumstances where the child has been treated as a child of the family at the relevant time.

The term ‘child of a marriage’ is quite broad.

If you want to find out about divorce and what it entails then you should download our Information Sheet on Divorce and Children. We know that you will find the information helpful.

If you require an explanation of any matters set out in this article, you can contact Don Gayler via email or telephone our office on 4124 7100.

We can provide plain English explanations of Family Law and how it works. Remember, if you are in the process of any matter relating to family law then you want the best possible outcome so you can move onto the next stage of your life.