This website is operated by The Family Law Book Pty Ltd (“the company”), publishers of The Family Law Book under licence from The Family Law Book Unit Trust (“the Trust”), the owner of copyright in respect of the website and The Family Law Book.

No material from this website may be copied or otherwise used in any way without the prior written consent of the Trust, except that subscription to The Family Law Book conveys to the subscriber membership of the website entitling that member to copy material from a single computer for their own use (except any content protected by other holders of copyright) during the life of their subscription.

Subscription and online licence

By selecting the “BUY” option for any of the following three subscription packages a tax invoice will be issued and sent to the email address provided to us by the subscriber, whereupon a formal contract to purchase will be deemed to have been made.

1. Hard Copy Package, being a loose-leaf service in an A-4 binder in library buckram, kept current for twelve months by means of quarterly updates for insertion by the subscriber (with members’ website, including the online E-Book).

A licence for the access to its website and use of its online forms and precedents for twelve months, for the limited purpose of which copyright is waived PROVIDED THAT the republishing or other use of The Family Law Book’s hard copy or online precedents for commercial gain other than in the ordinary course of precedent use in a subscribed lawyer’s practice is prohibited.

Free access to The Family Law Book’s legal help line via a 24 hour e-mail response (by the second business day) on matters relating to family law and procedure via our online Legal Help is limited to a maximum of 20 questions per annum per subscribed office. Follow up questions by email may at our discretion be counted towards those 20 questions. From 1 January 2014, offices seeking over 20 Legal Help questions within their subscription year and each of their renewal years can apply for the following – Gold Access for up to 40 questions per annum upon payment of double the standard annual renewal fee or Platinum Access for more than 40 questions per annum at a cost of treble the standard annual renewal fee.

Subscription to The Family Law Book’s Members’ Practice News (for up to the minute court and child support practice and other developments and our monthly “latest notable cases”), Members’ Archive (for back issue case notes assembled by topic, useful papers and client brochures), and the chance to win a monthly prize for Best Contribution via our online Contributions.

The online licence will apply irrespective of the number of users who work or practise from the location specified in the subscriber’s subscription application. Where online access is required at more than one office location by a subscriber, or at more than one campus by an institutional subscriber, the subscriber must subscribe afresh for each such location. Unauthorised use, such as from a non-subscribing office location, can be monitored and would lead to a request to desist or subscribe.

A user’s password in respect of the location applicable to the online licence will be amended annually so as to ensure that the licence is at all times held exclusively for the benefit for users who work or practise and continue to work or practise from that location.

Technical support via our online Contact Us.

Additional hard copies (with updates) are available to subscribers at a substantial discount, as are replacement binders and pages.

At the end of each year’s subscription, subscribers will be invited to renew their subscription for another year by means of a debit to their credit card in the amount of the then applicable renewal fee as posted on our website. If the annual renewal payment is not transacted on or before the due date, the subscription is automatically programmed to be ‘invalid’ and the subscriber will be disconnected from access to the members’ website until the payment is received; OR

2. E-Book Package, being the electronic version of the Hard Copy Package with members’ website as specified above and subject to the same conditions set out above; OR

3. The Family Law Book Case Library with Latest Notable Cases Package – for non-subscribers to 1 or 2 above (both of which include Latest Notable Cases), being The Family Law Book’s library of case summaries of Australian family law judgments since April 2009 (updated quarterly) with monthly emailed summaries of the latest notable cases and subject to the same conditions set out above as to renewal of subscription.

Subscription and online licence

The Family Law Book offers these methods of payment for both subscriptions and annual renewals:

  1. Credit card payment in full via our website subscription and renewal page.
  2. Direct deposit in full by EFT within 7 days from date of subscription.
  3. Cheque payment in full within 7 days from date of subscription.
  4. Periodical part payments by credit card can be arranged separately on request (debit cards are not accepted). The part payment option not being available through the website must be approved by the administration department of The Family Law Book. No credit card surcharge or fee is charged by The Family Law Book unless the credit card payment is declined, at which time a fee of $50.00 will be added for each declined payment.

Privacy and security

The privacy of members and the security of the company’s website are assured.

The website’s server uses secure encryption to protect all information from members. Confidential information, such as their address and subscription history, is stored on the company’s own database, which is protected against unauthorised access.

Information received from members in the course of their email contact, legal help or otherwise is also treated as confidential, securely saved and used solely by company staff to assist in communicating with members and providing them with good service.

No information received from a member will be published in the members’ news page without their consent.


Although the editors, the company and the Trust consider that the precedents available at The Family Law Book’s website are accurate and reliable samples, no warranty of accuracy or reliability is given, and no responsibility for any loss arising in any way from any error or omission in any information given in this online service is accepted.

All legal help given in the website’s legal help line is given by representatives of the company to members in good faith, but such help is not and should not be construed as constituting legal advice or as intended to replace legal advice, which is at all times available to members through the means of briefing counsel to advise them.

Protected membership policy

Whether members subscribe to the Hard Copy Package or the EBook Package of The Family Law Book their membership will be protected for 12 months. If a subscriber ever decides not to renew their membership but within 12 months from lapsing wishes to re-subscribe, The Family Law Book Pty Ltd will accept a re-registration by them:

  1. As an eBook Package subscriber upon payment of the then applicable renewal fee for that package.
  2. Previous Hard Copy Package subscribers who want to renew their loose-leaf service will need to take Step 1 above and then subscribe to an Additional Hard Copy (complete paper version with new binder) for the then applicable fee. Once processed, the subscriber will be charged annually the renewal fee applicable for renewing the Hard Copy Package.