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Family courts to fast-track urgent, virus-related applications

About the Author: Kristdel Bolog

Kristdel practices solely in Family Law has been a Partner at The Family Lawyer since June 2019. Aside from her amazing ability to recite from memory the entire “Ode to Spot” by Commander Data, she has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a decade in the field of family law. Kristdel’s passion for the law and a love of helping people through difficult times enables her to put peoples minds at ease, even during complicated or bitter family court proceedings. As our resident “empath” she is The Family Lawyers’ Counsellor and is always there to listen to her colleagues or clients and bring a smile to their faces. Her nickname around the office is “the nerd”, a badge she wears proudly. Kristdel is hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated to getting great outcomes for her clients. You can contact her at kbolog@thefamilylawyer.com.au or on 03 8657 3751.
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April 29, 2020

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Family Court changes

Starting this week, the family court and the federal circuit court will begin hearing urgent family violence matters relating to coronavirus within 72 hours of an application being lodged.

Families battling with parenting disputes and escalating violence relating to the COVID-19 crisis will have their matters prioritised by some of the nation’s top judges to address a never seen before surge in cases like this.

We are seeing examples on a daily basis where COVID-19 is being used as a weapon of family violence to control the other party, most often when children are involved.

Commencing Wednesday, the family court and the federal circuit court will begin hearing all family violence matters relating to coronavirus within 72 hours of the application being lodged.

Parenting disputes and violence have soared since March and the start of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the Law Council of Australia.

“Although most families are trying their best to be reasonable and flexible during these unusual times, for some families this has not been possible,” council President Pauline Wright said on Monday.

The courts’ primary concerns include:

  • Children at risk by abusers flouting distancing rules
  • Parents who withhold contact for no valid reason
  • Centres where parents can have supervised contact being shut because of COVID-19
  • Issues with children moving across closed borders

If you or someone you know is impacted by family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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