ALRC Report: Family Law for the Future

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released its report ‘Family Law for the Future – An Inquiry into the Family Law System’. The inquiry commenced in 2017 with the objective of recommending reform needed to ensure Australia’s family law system meets the needs of contemporary families an...

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Tasmania Passes Marriage Amendment Bill

On 10 April 2019, Tasmania passed the Marriage Amendment Bill to make gender optional on birth certificates, making Tasmania the first Australian jurisdiction to have done so. The amended legislation removes the requirement for transgender people to have surgery in order to have their gender recogni...

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Turning Tables: The Child’s Duty of Care to Parents

In February 2018 Attorney-General Christian Porter announced that elder abuse was a top personal priority for him. A national plan will be developed to stop physical, emotional and financial abuse of elderly Australians, especially those living in care. Australian case law such as Stanford v Stanfor...

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Important Step Forward With National IVO Recognition

A National initiative to tackle Family Violence Family Violence Intervention Orders (IVOs) are used to protect people from Family Violence. An IVO is made in favour of the Affected Family Member / Protected Person (“AFM”) and is made against the Respondent. IVOs can contain various conditions, i...

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