Family, relationships and children

What happens when your relationship ends, or if you're suffering abuse or violence? What rights do children and young people have - their care, school, with the police?


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Find Legal Aid NSW factsheets and other resources on family law topics. Some material also available in community languages including Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Find information for parents to help navigate the child support scheme, from the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.


Find information from NSW Family and Community Services about child protection in NSW, including what is child abuse, reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, and what happens if a report is made against you or a child in your care.

Find family law information including how to reach an agreement without going to court, separation, divorce, parenting, property, family violence, and going to court.

Find information from NSW Family and Community Services about adopting a child in NSW, including adopting a child from out-of-home-care, adopting a step-child, adopting a child from overseas, and adopting a child with special care needs.


Find six booklets from Legal Aid NSW with information for parents going through the child protection system. Topics covered include dealing with Community Services, going to the Children's Court, and appeals. Print copies can be ordered in community languages including Arabic, Bengali, simplified Chinese, Dari/Farsi, Dinka, Kirundi, Swahili, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese.

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