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Family Matters No. 64 - May 2003

Family law update - The Columbus Pilot

Catalyst for an emerging model of an integrated family court system in Western Australia
Paul Murphy, Paul Kerin and Lisbeth Pike

Abstract

The Columbus Pilot project was developed by the Family Court of Western Australia to assist, enable, and encourage separated parents to acknowledge the debilitating effects of continuing conflict, violence or abusive behaviour, and to encourage couples to resolve their differences without recourse to prolonged litigation in the Family Court. The Project has acted as a catalyst for a number of changes as both the judicial officers and counselling service staff have developed new skills and knowledge in what is a difficult area of family litigation and dispute resolution. 

The Columbus Pilot project was developed by the Family Court of Western Australia to assist, enable, and encourage separated parents to acknowledge the debilitating effects of continuing conflict, violence or abusive behaviour, and to encourage couples to resolve their differences without recourse to prolonged litigation in the Family Court. The Project has acted as a catalyst for a number of changes as both the judicial officers and counselling service staff have developed new skills and knowledge in what is a difficult area of family litigation and dispute resolution. 

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