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Family Matters No. 77 - December 2007

Unwrapping the family law reform package

Catherine Caruana

Abstract

This 'family law update' examines recent developments in Australian family law, mid-way through the phased-in family law system reform period. Developments include the first decision on the application of the new Family Law Act, in regards to a child contact case; the roll out of a second wave of Family Relationship Centres; and changes to the Child Support Scheme. Inconsistencies in the legal status of same-sex domestic relationships are also discussed. A review, by Rae Kaspiew, of an Australian survey is also included, entitled 'How well do mediators and lawyers work together?'

This 'family law update' examines recent developments in Australian family law, mid-way through the phased-in family law system reform period. Developments include the first decision on the application of the new Family Law Act, in regards to a child contact case; the roll out of a second wave of Family Relationship Centres; and changes to the Child Support Scheme. Inconsistencies in the legal status of same-sex domestic relationships are also discussed. A review, by Rae Kaspiew, of an Australian survey is also included, entitled 'How well do mediators and lawyers work together?'

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