This report focuses on the laws, practices and procedures that apply in family law cases that raise family violence concerns.

While not directly relating to shared parenting or shared care, all aspects of family law and court practice and procedures were considered to the extent they impact on the federal family law courts’ response to the needs of families affected by family violence.

The 2006 family law reforms, which include the shared parenting reforms introduced in the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006, have been evaluated by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. AIFS delivered its evaluation report to the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in December 2009. Further information about this evaluation and a link to the AIFS report can be found on the Attorney General's Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms page. The Family Law Council’s report on Family Violence can be found on the Family Violence Report page.

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