Attorney-General announces review into family law system

Posted on October 10th, 2017

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The Attorney-General has commissioned the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to conduct a review of the Australian family law system; the first comprehensive since the commencement of the Family Law Act in 1975. 

Some of the matters that the Government has asked be reviewed include whether reforms are needed for:

  • Families with complex needs, including where there is family violence, drug or alcohol addiction or serious mental illness;
  • Collaboration, coordination and integration between the family law system and other Commonwealth, state and territory systems, including family support services and family violence and child protection systems;
  • Improving the clarity and accessibility of the law.

The Government is asking the ALRC to consider what changes, if any, should be made to the Family Law Act and any other related legislation.

The Review will be headed by Professor Helen Rhodes, professor at the Melbourne Law School and former chair of the Family Law Council. The ALRC will consult with the community as well as the legal and health profession and family dispute resolution practitioners.

The Review will commence on 1 October 2017 and will report by 31 March 2019.

Rose Laffan, Senior Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors, NewcastleRose Laffan is a Senior Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors and practices extensively in Family, Relationship and Matrimonial LawIf you require any assistance in this area please contact Rose Laffan to arrange a consultation or contact our Newcastle office.

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