Research projects examining separated families and the operation of the Australian family law system.

Australian Institute of Family Studies Submission to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee inquiry (CFB 51)


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September 2012

Recent legislative changes in Australia are intended to heighten the focus on ensuring children are protected from harm in making post-separation parenting arrangements, with these changes aimed at influencing the advice parents receive from relationship services as well as the way in which matters are litigated and decided in court. Program development has been oriented toward achieving greater integration between legal and non-legal support services to provide parents with access to more holistic support. Attention has also been focused on developing approaches to mediation that are safe and appropriate in some circumstances where there has been family violence, and identifying cases that need to proceed expeditiously to court.