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Family Matters No. 60 - September 2001

Establishment of the Family Court of Australia and its early years: A personal perspective

25 years - The Family Court
John Fogarty

Abstract

The author, who was a Judge of the Family Court of Australia from its inception in 1976 to 1998, reflects on the background and events leading up to the Family Law Act of 1975, and the establishment of the Family Court. The early years of operation of the Court and difficulties faced by the Court are discussed, as are issues such as separation as a ground for divorce, the establishment of the Family Court of Western Australia, the Family Law Council, and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

The author, who was a Judge of the Family Court of Australia from its inception in 1976 to 1998, reflects on the background and events leading up to the Family Law Act of 1975, and the establishment of the Family Court. The early years of operation of the Court and difficulties faced by the Court are discussed, as are issues such as separation as a ground for divorce, the establishment of the Family Court of Western Australia, the Family Law Council, and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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