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Family Law

The role of this Committee is to represent the Law Society and its members on policy and practice issues arising in relation to family law issues including matrimonial, de facto and children's care matters in New South Wales. The Committee provides the following resources for solicitors.

Law Society publications

Case guardians in family law

Representation Principles for Children's Lawyers (4th Edition)

Costs Guidebook (6th Edition)

Family and Federal Circuit Court publications

Federal Circuit Court – Indigenous family law list days

Family Court – Protocol for Communicating with Chambers

Federal Circuit Court – Protocol for Communicating with Judges' Chambers

Family and Federal Circuit Courts – Filing of a Notice of Ceasing to Act or Notice of Withdrawal as a Lawyer

Family and Federal Circuit Courts – National Enquiry Centre Practitioner Telephone Line

Legal Aid NSW publications

Domestic Violence - Where to refer clients

Legal Aid NSW domestic violence resources

Australian Federal Police publications

Australian Federal Police Family Law Kit

Following the making of a Recovery Order by the Court, applicants need to complete the Australian Federal Police Family Law Information Sheet

Department of Family and Community Services resources

Standard terms of consent about communicating with an officer of the Department of Community Services


  • Family Issues Committee
  • Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0252
  • E: Ella Howard