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Family Matters No. 77 - December 2007

Federal Magistrates Court response to the Australian Institute of Family Studies "Allegations of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Family law Children's Proceedings" report

Abstract

The Federal Magistrates Court of Australia discusses the practice implications of the research report, 'Allegations of family violence and child abuse in child-related disputes in family law proceedings', published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2007. The article notes the prevalence of domestic violence and child abuse allegations in court cases, the legal challenges they present when there is little corroborating evidence, and the impact that alleged domestic violence can have on all parties involved. The use of sensitive and flexible case management and court processes can assist with decision making and improve the court experience for families.

The Federal Magistrates Court of Australia discusses the practice implications of the research report, 'Allegations of family violence and child abuse in child-related disputes in family law proceedings', published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2007. The article notes the prevalence of domestic violence and child abuse allegations in court cases, the legal challenges they present when there is little corroborating evidence, and the impact that alleged domestic violence can have on all parties involved. The use of sensitive and flexible case management and court processes can assist with decision making and improve the court experience for families.

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