How to run a family law case

How to run a family law case

Preparing your own family law case takes time and can be hard. It is important to be organised, prepared and well-informed at all times. Doing your own research can help you understand the law and how it may affect your case.

How to run your family law case kit

How to run your family law case (docx, 232.43 KB) is a free do-it-yourself kit to helps you prepare a family law case and represent yourself in court.

It is for people involved in disputes under the Family Law Act 1975 (Commonwealth) about children and property.

It covers information about:

  • alternatives to going to court
  • family violence or child abuse
  • how to apply to a court
  • preparing for a court case involving children or property disputes
  • affidavits
  • disclosure and subpoenas
  • trials and final hearings
  • what happens once an order is made
  • where to get help.

This kit provides information only and is not a substitute for legal advice. If you are involved or may be involved in a court case, get legal advice.

Get help

Call us for free information and advice about running a family law case and how we can help you.

Phone 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm.

If you need an interpreter let us know.

If we can’t help you we can refer you to other organisations that can.

Our other free legal services include:

For some matters we can provide you with a lawyer to help you run your case.

Family dispute resolution can help couples who have separated sort out disputes more quickly and easily than by going to court. We have a family dispute resolution service, Victoria Legal Aid Family Dispute Resolution Service.

Related topics

You can also view the When separating video.

More information

You may be interested in our other family law publications and resources.