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Family Matters No. 57 - September 2000

Family law update

New legislative developments
Belinda Fehlberg

Abstract

The author provides a brief overview of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2000, which has now been passed by both houses of parliament and became operative in December 2000. The legislation addresses two important issues: financial agreements, and enforcement of parenting orders. Changes that were made just before the Bill was passed are described and discussed. The author also notes that the Child Support Amendment Bill (No 2) 2000 was defeated, but suggests that discussions are likely to continue on the costs of contact, and the nexus between contact and child support, two of the proposals embodied in the Bill.  

The author provides a brief overview of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2000, which has now been passed by both houses of parliament and became operative in December 2000. The legislation addresses two important issues: financial agreements, and enforcement of parenting orders. Changes that were made just before the Bill was passed are described and discussed. The author also notes that the Child Support Amendment Bill (No 2) 2000 was defeated, but suggests that discussions are likely to continue on the costs of contact, and the nexus between contact and child support, two of the proposals embodied in the Bill.

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