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Family Law Act amendments: Parental responsibility and equal time

The recent passing of the Family Law Amendment Act 2023 on October 19, 2023, ushers in significant changes to the existing framework established back in 2006. One of the primary amendments involves eliminating the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility (ESPR). What is parental responsibility? It encompasses the duty parents carry in making crucial, long-term […]

Family Law Amendment Act 2023: Requirements for reconsidering final parenting orders

The recently passed Family Law Amendment Act 2023 introduces a new section, 65DAAA, codifying the principle established in Rice v Asplund (1979) FLC 90-725. This rule stipulates that when final parenting orders are in place, the applicant must demonstrate a significant change in circumstances since those orders were made before they can be reconsidered. The […]

Family Law Act Amendments (Bill No. 2) – Property

The Family Law Amendment Act of 2023 introduces substantial reforms designed to refine the processes and principles governing family law matters, specifically in property and parenting disputes. Codification of Disclosure Obligations The proposed changes aim to integrate the existing duty of comprehensive disclosure in property matters directly into the Family Law Act 1975. This move […]

Family Law Amendment Act 2023: New obligations for Independent Children’s Lawyers

The Family Law Amendment Act of 2023 introduces new obligations for Independent Children’s Lawyers (ICLs) in parenting matters, aiming to represent the child’s best interests and provide an independent viewpoint regarding their optimal parenting arrangements. Key provisions under the amendments now mandate that an ICL must personally meet with the child or children they represent, […]

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