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Family Matters No. 53 - June 1999

Family law update

New Legislative Initiatives
Margaret Harrison

Abstract

The Family Law Act has been in operation for 23 years. While some parts of it have been substantially revised, others have remained relatively unchanged. A number of proposals, Bills and discussion papers have flagged yet more reforms, specifically in the areas of property and financial agreements. This article updates developments and provides some commentary with regard to federal magistracy, parenting orders, financial agreements and cross vesting.

The Family Law Act has been in operation for 23 years. While some parts of it have been substantially revised, others have remained relatively unchanged. A number of proposals, Bills and discussion papers have flagged yet more reforms, specifically in the areas of property and financial agreements. This article updates developments and provides some commentary with regard to federal magistracy, parenting orders, financial agreements and cross vesting.

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