Family & Relationship Law Group contributes to a reform of the family law system in Australia

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The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released a Discussion Paper concerning possible reforms to the family law system, pursuant to a direction by the Commonwealth Government to undertake a comprehensive review of this aspect of the law.

As part of this process, our Family & Relationship Law group made a detailed written submission to the ALRC, based on the collective experience of our lawyers in both Melbourne and Sydney. Our submission has been heavily referenced and quoted by the ALRC in its Discussion Paper, in respect of issues including:

  • legislative provisions concerning matrimonial property division;
  • legislative provisions concerning family violence; and
  • litigation costs.

Under the Terms of Reference, the ALRC is requested to report to the Attorney-General by 31 March 2019, and further submissions are sought from interested parties.

We look forward to joining the ongoing discussion concerning what reforms might be made to a complex legal system which affects a wide range of people in our community.

A copy of the ALRC Discussion Paper can be found here.

Key contacts

Collette McFawn

Partner & Practice Group Leader

Mark Parker

Partner & Practice Group Leader