Family law includes not just married couples but also those who live in de facto relationships and also same-sex relationships.
The reality of the traditional nuclear family is disappearing and being replaced by a range of of relationships and blended families. The legal rights and responsibilities of couples is a dynamic matrix with which the law sometimes struggles to keep pace.
Forunately, statistics show that a large majority of separating couples are able to come to a consensus when determining what is to happen to property and financial matters when the relationship comes to an end, and, if there are children of the relationship, they are able to put aside their own wants and needs and concentrate on what is in the children's best interests.
Alternative Dispute Resolution is by far the better way of dealing with family law disputes and litigation, with its associated high costs, should always be regarded as the last resort in the most intractable cases.