Separated families and access to the family law system

A research-informed holistic approach to the resolution and management of disputes over children.


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November 2013

A well-functioning justice system should provide timely and affordable justice. This means delivering fair and equitable outcomes as efficiently as possible and resolving disputes early, expeditiously and at the most appropriate level. A justice system, which effectively excludes a sizable portion of society from adequate redress risks considerable economic and social costs. Though there are considerably fewer applications to the courts in children’s cases following the 2006 family law reforms, parenting disputes continue to represent the most time consuming and contentious aspect of family law and are therefore the primary focus of this submission.