26 Apr 2013

Govt supports proposed changes to Family Court

6:22 pm on 26 April 2013

The Government has given its support to several proposed changes to Family Court processes.

The Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament in November last year and passed its first reading in December.

The Government is now backing changes which include giving parents who meet the threshold up to four hours of legal support, as well as up to three hours of preparatory counselling to allow them to make the most of the Family Dispute Resolution service.

Other changes being supported will enable judges to refer parties back to the service or a parenting course, while lawyers will be able to engage earlier in the court process at the judge's discretion.