Confidential Family Counselling in a Family Law Context: Mind the Gap

Confidential Family Counselling in a Family Law Context: Mind the Gap

Professor Richard Chisholm and Federal Magistrate Grant Riethmuller

The confidentiality provisions in the Family Law Act raise a number of challenging issues for Family Counselling practitioners (Section 10C).

This webinar was held on 6 March 2013, and was presented by Professor Richard Chisholm and Federal Magistrate Grant Riethmuller.

The confidentiality provisions in the Family Law Act raise a number of challenging issues for Family Counselling practitioners (Section 10C). Critically, it is important to know whether a process is "family counselling" due to these provisions, given the broad definition.

So, what constitutes family counselling? And how does this impact the work of practitioners? Are they providing "family counselling" under the Act?

Professor Richard Chisholm has recently drafted a paper that addresses these questions, and responds to the difficulties being faced in the field.

About the presenters

Professor Richard Chisholm

After graduating with degrees from Sydney and Oxford, Richard was admitted as a solicitor, and later as a barrister, and worked as an academic at the Law School at UNSW. In 1993 he was appointed a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. Since retirement from the bench in 2004, he has resumed academic work and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law. Richard has recently worked with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department on a number of projects, including The Family Courts Violence Review (2009) and, most recently a report on information-sharing between the family courts and child protection departments.

Federal Magistrate Grant Riethmuller

Federal Magistrate Grant Riethmuller is based in Melbourne, sitting in both the Federal and Family Law jurisdictions. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Queensland Institute of Technology. From 1987, he practised as a barrister in Townsville and had a wide ranging practice. In addition, he lectured part time in Civil Procedure at James Cook University until his appointment to the bench in 2004. His Honour is also well known as the consultant editor of the CCH looseleaf services “Federal Magistrates Court Practice” and “Child Support Handbook” and his work on the development of the Court’s e-filing system.