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Family Law

The Family Law system is in urgent need of reform to keep women and children safe.

Our priorities for family law reform include:

  • Ensuring early identification and early judicial decision-making on family violence in the family law system
  • Removal of the Legislative Presumption of Equal Shared Parental Responsibility
  • Improving access to justice through the use of interpreters
  • Expansion of Legally Assisted Dispute Resolution
  • Implementation of our Small Claims, Large Battles report recommendations
  • Stopping systems abuse - preventing perpetrators of family violence from using the legal system to commit further abuse

See also:

WLSA's Safety first in family law plan
Safety first brochure

 

Our Family Law submissions

July 2020 - Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

January 2020 - Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System

May 2018 - Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Review of the Family Law System, response to Issues Paper

April 2017 - Parliamentary Inquiry into a Better Family Law System to Support and Protect those affected by Family Violence (WLSA subsmission)


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What's News

New Fed Govt funding welcomed

12 May 2021


Women's Legal Services Australia welcomes news of an additional $129 million of funding announced in the Federal Budget for women's legal services around the country. Read our media release here


New CEO for Women's Legal

8 April 2021


We are excited to announce that Serina McDuff has been appointed as our new CEO. More details here


Gender inequality in legal & justice sector

29 March 2021


Share your story as part of our new survey, which looks at experiences of gender inequality and how they intersect with other forms of disadvantage, such as cultural background, sexuality, class, religion, race, or age. More info here