Each Court has their own set of rules and regulations. However, they both apply the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and relevant case law when determining family law matters.
The Family Court
The Family Court was established on 5 January 1976. Through its specialist Judges and staff, the Family Court assists parties in resolving more complex legal family disputes.
The Federal Circuit Court
The Federal Circuit Court, formerly known as the Federal Magistrates Court, was established in 2000 to handle family law matters and general federal law matters including bankruptcy and migration.
Matters which are commenced in the Federal Circuit Court are generally determined quicker than the Family Court, given they are generally less complex.
If you are unsure which Court you should commence proceedings in, contact the Rockliff Snelgrove Lawyers expert Family Law department who are ready to take your call!