A new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) is to be established and will be operational from 1 January 2019.
The new FCFCA will have a single point of entry for all federal family law matters, offering consistency for Australian families needing their disputes dealt with by court proceedings, with one court with one set of rules, procedures and practices.
The new court will be divided into two divisions, each comprising the existing judges of the current Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia respectively.
In addition, a new Family Law Appeal Division in the Federal Court of Australia will also be established to hear all appeals in family law matters from the newly-created FCFCA.
Attorney-General Christian Porter stated on 30 May 2018 when announcing the formation of the new court:
“This significant structural change is designed to dramatically increase the number of family law matters finalised each and every year, and reduce the backlog of unresolved cases on hand at any one time … the purpose of the reform is to ensure Australian families experience shorter waiting times, and a reduction in the potential for conflict caused by prolonged and acrimonious family disputes.”
If you have any questions relating to the above, or seek assistance on a related matter, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Turnbull Hill team on 1800 994 279 or via email.