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Family Matters No. 47 - June 1997

News from the Family Court - Family Law reforms

Regina Graycar and Margaret Harrison

Abstract

The Family Law Reform Act 1995 emphasises the ongoing responsibilities of parents for their children and moves away from the language of 'rights'. The language of the various parenting provisions has changed from that of custody, guardianship and access to residence and contact. These changes are more than a change in terminology. This article outlines research that is to be undertaken into the effects of these changes to the children's provisions of the Family Law Act.

 

 

The Family Law Reform Act 1995 emphasises the ongoing responsibilities of parents for their children and moves away from the language of 'rights'. The language of the various parenting provisions has changed from that of custody, guardianship and access to residence and contact. These changes are more than a change in terminology. This article outlines research that is to be undertaken into the effects of these changes to the children's provisions of the Family Law Act.

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