Journal article

Australian Post-Separation Parenting on the Smartphone: What's 'App-ening?

Bruce Smyth, Belinda Fehlberg

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2019


In recent years Australia has seen increasing use of digital technol-ogy including smartphones and with that, increasing development and availability of online family law resources including digital applications (‘apps’). However, the extent to which online resources are being used – and are considered useful – by those experiencing relationship separation has not so far been the focus of Australian empirical research. After first briefly examining digital developments in Australia more broadly, we draw on recent data from 35 separated parents across four states to explore use and utility of family law resources available on smartphones from a ‘consumer’ perspective, focusing on apps. Our anal..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (Grant No. FF110100757).