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JULY 2021 FLPN NEWS UPDATE
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The FLPN LMNC held two booked out face to face events in June and both the Ethics Forum and Accidental Counsellor Workshop were a fantastic opportunity for sharing information, and meeting professionals working in the family law sector. A Lower Mid North Coast FLPN planning day will be held in August, stay tuned for more face to face events for 2021. […]

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The Courts to receive $100 million in Government funding announced in the 2021-22 Budget
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Media Release – May 12, 2021 The Family Court of Australia (FCoA) and Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) welcome significant funding announced last night as part of the 2021-22 Budget, together with other recent funding, which allows for the appointment of 2 additional FCoA judges, and 8 additional FCC judges. It also provides for […]

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May 2021 News Update
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The Family Law Pathways Networks is pleased to announce that we have received a 3-year funding extension from our funder, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. This is significant news, as the networks have traditionally operated on a 12-month funding term and the announcement enhances the FLPN’s capacity for forward planning. We look forward to continuing our […]

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FLPN March 2021 News Update
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Welcome to our March 2021 News Update Welcome to the first 2021 edition of the Family Law Pathways Network LMNC update. First up we are pleased to announce that Wauchope circuit court will be recommencing face to face as of Monday 8 March 2021. The Honourable Judge Terry will be presiding over Court, on behalf of The […]

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Interrelate Children’s Contact Centre Update
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The Children’s Contact Centre at Interrelate provides supervised visits and handovers in Port Macquarie and Taree however Taree Contact Centre is currently closed until the end of the year 2020 and we will reassess this next year. Children’s Contact Centre’s work with children from separated families to establish or maintain a relationship with the parent […]

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Family Court Media Release – The Courts expand COVID-19 List to help families impacted by pandemic
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The courts announced the expansion of an initiative to assist Australian families during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The continuation and expansion of the COVID-19 list will provide families that are experiencing family law disputes as a direct result of the pandemic, with an avenue to have that specific issue heard and resolved”. “We are preparing for the likely […]

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Family Court Media Release – Chief Justice Alstergren launches the ground-breaking Lighthouse Project at the National STOP Domestic Violence Conference
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On Thursday 3 December 2020, Chief Justice Alstergren officially launched the Lighthouse Project at the National STOP Domestic Violence conference in Queensland. Chief Justice Alstergren acknowledged the important role that support services play in helping separating couples and their families. “The level of family violence in our society is a disgrace. We as a community […]

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amica: a new service that helps clients with family law problems
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A ground-breaking new service has been launched to help separating couples reach agreements online. During its launch phase, this service is offered free of charge until January 2021. amica.gov.au helps couples reach amicable agreements about property and parenting issues without engaging lawyers. It also enables couples to record those agreements in plain language on a […]

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Media Release – Gradual resumption of face-to-face hearings in the Courts
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The gradual resumption of face-to-face hearings in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia will commence from Monday 15 June 2020 for trials and hearings that cannot be conducted electronically. Strict social distancing and capacity requirements that align with Government requirements and advice from specialist safety consultants, will be adhered […]

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Joint Practice Direction 2 of 2020 – Special Measures in Response to COVID-19 (Update 3 August 2020)
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This Joint Practice Direction applies to all family law applications, including appeals, filed in the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (“the Courts”), and all general federal law applications filed in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, where appropriate and necessary, the Courts are […]

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