Family Court

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Report

Two years, too long: mapping action on the Harm Panel’s findings

This report has been prepared to mark the second anniversary of the publication of the UK Ministry of Justice expert 'Harm Panel’s' report. It aims to map the progress that has occurred over the last two years to learn from the panel’s findings and implement...
Report

"They thought it was safe - but it wasn't"

This report makes policy recommendations designed to enhance children’s safety by bringing the Australian family law system into alignment with children’s rights. It illustrates its case for reform with the findings of a multiple case study project comprising seven in-depth interviews with adult survivors of...
Report

Compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders: views of professionals and judicial officers

This report summarises the views of 343 professionals who work with separated parents and chose to complete an online survey, and 11 judicial officers who exercise family law jurisdiction and participated in one-on-one interviews. The survey instrument was designed to elicit views on a range...
Report

Australia's Child Support Scheme: third interim report

The Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System was appointed by resolution of the Senate on 18 September 2019 and resolution of the House of Representatives on 19 September 2019. In preparing this third interim report, the committee considered all relevant evidence provided to...
Report

Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System: final report

The Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System was appointed by the Australian Parliament in September 2019. Since that time, the committee has undertaken a comprehensive two-year inquiry into the family law and the child support systems. This final report notes any government actions...
Report

Experiences of people with mental ill-health involved in family court or child protection processes: a rapid evidence review

This rapid evidence review identifies key specific programs or strategies that have been deployed to address issues of mental ill-health in family law and child protection service users. The authors also provide insights into how to best prevent or mitigate the effects of stigma and...
Report

Improvements in family law proceedings: second interim report

This report outlines a series of recommendations, including the implementation of procedures to enable the investigation of claims of a party wilfully misleading the Family Court, and the accreditation of professionals in the family law system. There are also a series of recommendations about making...
Report

Improvements in family law proceedings: interim report

This interim report outlines the current progress on the inquiry into potential reforms to Australia's family law system.
Report

Parenting arrangements after separation study: evaluating the 2014 family law reforms

This research report focuses on data collected by the online surveys and the interview data relating to family justice services. It provides a broad overview of all of the major descriptive findings about parents' and caregivers' experiences of, and views on, making parenting arrangements and...
Discussion paper

COVID-19 and separated families

The focus of this paper is the approximately 650,000 separated families, and the 1.3 million children affected by these separations in Australia. For these families too, it is likely that COVID-19 will amplify both the opportunities and the dangers.
Report

Parenting arrangements after separation: evidence summary

Over the past ten years, the Australian Institute of Family Studies has conducted several large-scale studies involving nationally representative samples of separated parents. This paper highlights the findings relating to parenting arrangements after separation.
Audio interview

Behind the Family Court inquiry

Pauline Hanson claims that the Family Court is biased against men. In this interview, investigative journalist and author Jess Hill discusses the objective research into the treatment of mothers and fathers in the Family Court.
Report

Te Korowai Ture ā-Whānau: the final report of the Independent Panel examining the 2014 family justice reforms

The National Party’s 2014 reforms made significant changes to the family justice system, including introducing Family Dispute Resolution and removing lawyers from the early stages of some Family Court proceedings. An independent panel examined the 2014 changes and considered how they've impacted separating families and...
Report

A qualitative study on behalf of the Independent Panel examining the 2014 family justice system reforms: main report

The primary objectives of this research were to explore and understand the experiences of the post2014 services for resolving disputes about care including experiences of both out of court and incourt processes.
Audio interview

State control of family court 'not good for family law or community', former Family Court justice says

Australian Law Reform Commission has recommended scrapping the national Family Court and handing control of family law back to the states and territories. Its report is the first into the crisis-ridden family law system since the Family Court was established in the 1970s.
Report

Family law for the future – an inquiry into the family law system: final report

This report makes 60 recommendations for reform, including that the resolution of family law disputes be returned to the states and territories and that the federal family courts eventually be abolished.
Report

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018: report

It has been estimated that approximately 70 per cent of family law disputes are resolved without involving the federal court system. Therefore, the family law jurisdiction is far larger than the disputes that go to court. Part of the much broader family law community includes...
Report

Report on government services 2019: Justice - Chapter 7 Courts

The focus of this chapter is the court administration functions of Australian and State and Territory courts. Data are reported for the Federal Court, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court, the criminal and civil jurisdictions of the supreme courts, district/county courts...
Discussion paper

Review of the family law system: discussion paper

This discussion paper asks 33 questions and makes 124 proposals for change to the family law system, which focus on support for children, improving public understanding of the processes, accessible and coordinated service delivery, and enhanced oversight of the family law system and its workforce.
Presentation

Review of the family law system: issues and opportunities

On 27 July 2018, Professor Rhoades presented at the annual Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference.