Family Court

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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.
Report

Court outcomes project

AIFS has been commissioned to evaluate recent reforms that aimed to improve the family law system's response to disclosures of family violence, child abuse, and safety concerns. This report presents findings from one component of the evaluation - the Court Outcomes Project.
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

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.
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...
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.