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An own motion letter of advice was provided to the former Attorney-General expressing concerns about the possible effect of a ruling regarding the application of section 10H and 10J of the Family Law Act 1975 to family dispute resolution intake assessments.
On 5 August 2011 the council provided a further letter of advice in response to a request by the former Attorney-General and the former Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The letter of advice was on the issue of child support in cases of international parental child abduction.
The council, by its own motion, provided a letter of advice to the former Attorney-General seeking consideration of broader information sharing and integration across the family law system to deal with family violence and child abuse.
The council considered arbitration of family law property and financial matters, focusing on compulsory arbitration but also considering ways of promoting voluntary arbitration in the family law sector.
The discussion paper looked at arbitration of family law property and financial matters, focusing on compulsory arbitration but also considering ways of promoting voluntary arbitration in the family law sector.
In August 2000, the Family Law Council prepared a report titled Litigants in Person. In a letter of advice on 13 December 2006, the council reconsidered the recommendations in the report to ascertain whether they have been implemented or superseded by other developments and if they have any ongoing relevance.
This letter of advice discusses the amendments made to the Family Law Act 1975 by the Family Law Reform Act 1995 in relation to the paramountcy principle (the rule that the best interests of the child must be regarded as the paramount consideration when making specified decisions in the Family Law Act 1975).
A joint letter of advice by the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) and the Family Law Council on the requirement for immunity for family counsellors and family dispute resolution practitioners under the Family Law Act 1975 was provided to the former Attorney-General.
The council provided this letter of advice to the former Attorney-General on 17 November 2004, making recommendations intended to simplify and improve the operation of the provisions in Division 11 in Part VII of the Act.
This letter of advice proposes a reform to Part VIII of the Family Law Act 1975 in order to direct courts exercising jurisdiction under the Act to have regard to the effects of family violence on the contributions of both parties in considering what orders should be made in property proceedings. The proposal reflects council’s concerns about the effect of the decision of the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia in the case of In the marriage of Kennon (1997) 22 Fam LR 1.
The council, in cooperation with the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, looked into issues arising from parenting plans made under the Family Law Act 1975 including the continued need for section 63E of the Act.
Advice from the Family Law Council regarding the proposed transfer of the Family Relationships Services Programs (FRSP) from the former Attorney-General's portfolio to the new Family and Community Services portfolio.
The council considered the effects of denial of a religious divorce on a party who has been divorced in the civil courts. The council concluded the problems as identified in the letter of advice, arise from the observance of religious practices and not from any shortcomings in the Family Law Act 1975.