How does the 2017 Budget affect the family law Courts?

Written on the 15 May 2017 by Matthew Carney

The government has made several announcements that will affect the family law system in the 2017 budget. These include a new initiative to help resolve disputes, additional family law consultants, and a trial of domestic violence units. The Australian Law Reform Commission has been asked to conduct a comprehensive review of the family law system and consultation will soon commence in relation to amendments to the Family Law Act 1975.

Australia Budget 2017 - Family LawParenting management hearings

A new initiative, parenting management hearings will be introduced to reduce family law disputes. The hearings will be established as a forum to resolve family law disputes between self-represented litigants and are designed to be a fast, informal, non-adversarial dispute resolution mechanism. Almost $13 million has been allocated for this purpose.

Family law consultants

Almost $11 million has been allocated to engage more family consultants in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia and the Family Court of Western Australia. The purpose is to assist the courts in dealing with vulnerable families.

Domestic violence units

A trial of domestic violence units in legal centres will commence. Six new specialist domestic violence units will be set up over two years at a cost of $3.4 million.

Review of the family law system

The Australian Law Reform Commission has been asked to conduct a comprehensive review of the family law system. The government announced that the Commission will be asked to identify reforms needed to ensure that the family law system meets the needs of families and addresses family violence and child abuse.

Proposed amendments

It was announced that consultation will commence shortly regarding proposed amendments to the Family Law Act in relation to family violence. The main purpose of the amendments is to ensure that victims of family violence are not put in a position where they are cross-examined by alleged perpetrators.


These changes will have significant impacts if implemented and it is important that if you have a family law matter that your lawyer is up to date with any legislative changes.


 

If you have a family law matter that might be impacted by the budget, or you require family law advice, please call Matthew Carney on 1800 994 279 or email him. A member of our Family Law Team will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.

- Matthew Carney
   Family Lawyer

Matthew Carney, Family Lawyer in NSW

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About: Matthew Carney is the head of the Family & De Facto Law Team and our Criminal Law Team. Matthew provides practical and effective family law advice to clients in all matters including property settlements, parenting matters, applications for divorce, annulment applications, child support, contravention, recovery and relocation proceedings. Matthew assists his clients to resolve matters in their best interests at the earliest possible opportunity. Matthew explains the law in an individual way tailored to each clients needs while demonstrating genuine care and compassion in this difficult time.
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