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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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Sweeping changes to family court announced as broader review of strained system continues
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The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court will be combined as part of sweeping changes to the financially and emotionally crippling family law system, in an announcement by the Attorney-General Christian Porter today. Key points: The changes will come into effect from the start of 2019 Current delays in the family law system means most […]

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FIRST COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE FAMILY LAW ACT
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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC ATTORNEY-GENERAL LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE MEDIA RELEASE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE FAMILY LAW ACT I have today commissioned the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to undertake the first comprehensive review of the family law system since the commencement of the Family Law in 1976. This […]

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Change in policy to the provision of legal assistance in Family Relationship Centres
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The Attorney-General has now approved the revised Protocol which allows private lawyers to provide legally-assisted family dispute resolution (FDR) to clients in Family Relationship Centres, and represent them in subsequent litigation. The revised protocol is now effective and clients may engage a private lawyer for these purposes. Further details about the changes are outlined in […]

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