Family law: Judge says delays are one of system’s ‘biggest stresses’

Family law: Judge says delays are one of system’s ‘biggest stresses’

AIFS in the news — 11 November 2019

An 8 year old boy drinking water

Family Court Chief Justice Will Alstergren says delays in Australia's family law system are ‘unacceptable’.

In one of a series of articles on the family law system this November, the Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Family Court Chief Justice Will Alstergren about what he called ‘unacceptable’ delays in Australia's family law system.

In a separate article, the Herald cited AIFS research showing that court-ordered arrangements are less likely to involve no contact between a child and their father than arrangements in the general separated population. Speaking about this finding, Chief Justice Alstergren said the most important thing was ‘to try and make sure it's in the child's best interest, not the parent's best interests, which is a real problem’.

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