The ALRC is keen to hear from people who have recent experiences within the family law system that may illustrate some of the current problems. These stories are for the ALRC's use only and will not be published. (However, all material received by the ALRC may be subject to Freedom of Information requests.) Please limit your response to 750 words. This page will close on 7 May 2018.
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If your story contains information about a court proceeding, including a proceeding under the Family Law Act 1975, before you submit your story to the ALRC you should carefully consider the terms of any order made by a court in that proceeding relating to the disclosure of information. For example, it is an offence under s 102PK of the Family Law Act 1975 to contravene a suppression order or a non-publication order made under s 102PE of the Family Law Act 1975.
Family law advice: The ALRC is unable to provide advice or to assist with specific concerns in relation to individual family law matters. There is a range of information and advice available at the Family Relationships website
You can also contact the Family Relationships Advice Line on 1800 050 321 for information and referrals. If you have a lawyer, you may also wish to discuss your family law matter with them.
Personal safety Call 000 at any time if you are worried about your safety, or the safety of another person or a child.
A great place to start if you want to talk about any issue in your life, is the Kids Helpline. Freecall on 1800 551 800.
If you have questions about the law, help is available at Lawstuff.
If you have questions about your health, help is available at Reachout and Youth Beyond Blue .
Domestic and family violence: If you are experiencing domestic and family violence, or you need advice or support about domestic and family violence, please contact the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counseling Service(link is external) (1800 Respect) on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 advice and support.
If you need some extra support or advice about issues in your life, Lifeline provides general and crisis telephone counselling. Call 13 11 14.
Note: The ALRC does not offer legal advice or handle complaints. It cannot intervene in individual cases.