Roles of Courts

Australia has two courts that rule on family law matters.   Federal Circuit Courts rule primarily on matters when parents separate and dispute time spent (custody and access) with their children, or when parents dispute the right to make long term decisions affecting their child.  Children’s Courts make decisions on matters of child protection.  In the last decade, Family Circuit Courts have received complex cases where both child custody and child protection issues are raised.  Both courts make decisions about parenting capacity.