Family Law and The Act
What is a family?
When it comes to family law issues, it really helps to have some basic information so that you can understand how the law may apply to your situation. For example, one of the most important questions is “what is a family?”
Family Law Act
In Australia, the Family Law Act covers most aspects of a family breakdown or family dispute including divorce, property settlement, care arrangements for children, de facto relationship breakdowns, spousal maintenance and binding financial agreements.
The Act defines a member of the family to include:
- A spouse.
- A de facto (domestic) partner.
- A relative.
A “relative” can include:
- A father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, step-father or step-mother.
- A son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, step-son or step-daughter.
- A brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, step-brother or step-sister.
- An uncle or aunt.
- A nephew or niece.
- A cousin.
- A spouse’s relative.
- A de facto partner’s relative.
A “child” can include an adopted child and a stillborn child.
This shows that in Australia, the definition of “family” is broad enough to encompass a large range of situations. This is important because increasingly family units are different from the conventional idea of mother, father and children.