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Family Matters No. 69 - October 2004

Family law update

Shared parenting and family law reform: The next instalment
Catherine Caruana

Abstract

A discussion paper issued by the Australian Government in November 2004 outlines a reform strategy aimed at promoting the continued involvement of both parents in their children's lives following separation, diverting families away from the courts, and reducing the adversarial nature of legal disputes over children. This article provides a brief summary of the proposed changes as they relate to the broader family law system, the courts and the Child Support Agency in particular, and the provisions of the Family Law Act 1975.

A discussion paper issued by the Australian Government in November 2004 outlines a reform strategy aimed at promoting the continued involvement of both parents in their children's lives following separation, diverting families away from the courts, and reducing the adversarial nature of legal disputes over children. This article provides a brief summary of the proposed changes as they relate to the broader family law system, the courts and the Child Support Agency in particular, and the provisions of the Family Law Act 1975.

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