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Victoria - Legislation

Family Law Act 1975 (1976 - )

Principal Act

The Family Law Act 1975 (Act no. 53/1975) is Commonwealth legislation. Its long title is 'An Act relating to Marriage and to Divorce and Matrimonial Causes and, in relation thereto and otherwise, Parental Responsibility for Children, and to financial matters arising out of the breakdown of de facto relationships and to certain other Matters'. The act was passed on 12 June 1975 and commenced on 5 January 1976.


The URL links to Act No. 53 of 1975 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2015.

Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Victorian Legislation', 1 February 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Christine Moje