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ALRC Discussion Paper – Review Of The Family Law System

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The Australian Law Reform Commission released its discussion paper, Review of the Family Law System, on 2 October 2018.

Proposals in the discussion paper cover topics including:

  • a national education and awareness campaign;
  • simpler and clearer legislation and court forms;
  • access to advice and support, including via community-based Families Hubs and a post-order parenting support service;
  • expanding the availability of family dispute resolution (FDR) including to property and financial disputes;
  • providing triage, risk assessment and specialist pathways for court proceedings;
  • supporting children’s participation in the family law system;
  • reducing harm in family violence cases; training and specialisation of professionals across the family law system;
  • information sharing within the family law system and across systems; and
  • ongoing oversight of the family law system by a Family Law Commission.

The discussion paper can be accessed at this link and submissions or comments are invited on the discussion paper by email to familylaw@alrc.gov.au with a closing date of 13 November 2018.

The Principal of our Family Law team, Belinda Spong, is currently working on a submission with the Legal Issues Committee of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and members of the AFCC are encouraged to contribute to those submissions.

For more information, please email our Family Law team or call us on +61 3 8540 0200.