We all enter relationships hoping we’ll never need to know about family law but with one in three marriages in Australia ending in divorce, chances are you’ll know someone who’s going through it at some stage.
To assist people to understand family law, a new web-based tool has been established which explains common family law terms in plain language.
“This web resource is an important source of information for anyone involved with family law who wants to better understand the system,” the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus said.
“Family Law TermFinder will be especially useful for families living in rural or remote areas and for those who represent themselves in family law proceedings.”
Professionals delivering services in the family law field will also be able to use TermFinder definitions to explain terms using common and easily understood language.
“The Family Law TermFinder is a great resource and it will help people who represent themselves in court – but it is a source of information, not legal advice,” Mr Dreyfus said.
The online tool was developed by Macquarie University, in partnership with the Australian National University and with funding from the Australian Government.
Family Law TermFinder provides information in context and it can be used visually or through aural mediums to meet different levels of literacy and cognitive styles.
It is currently being translated into Mandarin, Cantonese and Arabic, to be completed by the middle of 2013.
Find the Family Law Term Finder here.