Mullane & Lindsay SolicitorsReview of family law system rolls forward - Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors

Review of family law system rolls forward

Posted on December 8th, 2017

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On 27 September 2017 Attorney-General Brandis QC commissioned the Australian Law Reform Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the family law system.  Prof Helen Rhoades leads the review.  Further appointments of qualified persons have followed.

The ALRC’s focus is to be on ensuring the family law system prioritises the best interests of children, addresses family violence and child abuse, and supports families, including those with complex needs, to resolve their family law disputes quickly and safely while minimising the financial burden.  The Family Law Amendment (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill 2017 and the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017 have recently been introduced. 

Parenting management hearings are intended to offer parents binding decisions about parenting arrangements quickly, informally and at no cost. If the Bill is passed as law, it is anticipated that the pilot will commence in Parramatta in mid-2018.

The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017 is intended to strengthen the ability of state and territory courts to handle family law matters when those families are already before them for related family violence or child protection matters and to reduce the need for such families to navigate multiple courts to address their legal needs. If made law, the Bill will give police the authority to charge offenders for breaching a personal protection injunction, instead of victims of family violence having to personally bring a civil application in the Family Court.

Stakeholders are urged to respond to calls to make their views and experiences known.  We will report on progress as proposed changes evolve.

Mark Sullivan, Director at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors, NewcastleMark Sullivan is a Director and Accredited Specialist at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors and practices extensively in Family, Relationship and Matrimonial LawIf you require any assistance in this area please contact Mark Sullivan to arrange a consultation or contact our Newcastl

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