Child custody: one mother’s bitter lesson in sharing the kids with dad

Caroline Overington - The Australian

This was not one of those cases where the children had been ­abused and neglected, and therefore had to be removed from their mum’s care for their physical ­safety. She loved them very much and she made sure they were well fed and attending good schools, yet they now live, by court order, with their […]

Family Court chief’s health confession

Michael Pelly - The Australian

  Chief Justice of the Family Court John Pascoe When John Pascoe was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Family Court two weeks ago, he chose the occasion to publicly reveal his battle with an eye problem that has left him “technically blind” at ­periods over the past 10 years. The Chief Justice told […]

Reform the Family Law Act to Protect the Innocent

Augusto Zimmermann

The Turnbull government has ordered a comprehensive review of the family law system to ensure it can deal with cases of domestic violence and child abuse. The Australian Law Reform Commission will conduct a wide-ranging review of the Family Law Act, the first comprehensive examination since its introduction forty-two years ago. In the meantime, a […]

‘Radical’ overhaul of commonwealth courts imminent

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

‘Radical’ overhaul of commonwealth courts imminent Attorney-General Senator George Brandis said he had an “entirely open mind” on changes to the courts’ structure Nicola Berkovic Legal affairs correspondent Sydney @NicBerko “Radical” changes to the commonwealth law courts, in which the Family Court may be scrapped and folded into the Federal Court, could be implemented as […]

Outgoing Family Court chief justice Bryant in push to reform

Nicola Berkovic The Australian

  Diana Bryant. The nation’s system of three separate federal courts is not the most efficient way to administer justice and scrapping the Family Court could be one way to save money, says the court’s outgoing chief. As she steps down, Family Court chief justice Diana Bryant has called for the Family Law Act to […]

Family Court judge enters same-sex debate

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

Children need to be raised in an environment where they are ­surrounded by happy, loving ­relationships, and it does not ­matter whether their parents are of the same sex or heterosexual, says the nation’s most senior ­family law judge. Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant, who has presided over many hundreds of disputes involving broken […]

Family law review to start in October

The Australian,

 The first full review of Australia’s family law system in 40 years will begin next week. It will be led by the Australian Law Reform Commission from October 1, Attorney-General George Brandis announced on Wednesday. He said the review was necessary and long overdue, given there had been no comprehensive look at the Family Law […]

Family Law Cases –

Cases – Family Law – LibGuides at University of Melbourne Family Law: Cases A research guide on Family Law in Australia. Introduction Legislation Cases Commentary Journals Books Useful websites Latest developments Federal Courts Building – Melbourne Source: Judicial Conference of Australia Recent cases – summaries For summaries of recent cases, use CCH Online – scroll […]

Parliamentary inquiry into family law will be critical, insists committee head Sarah Henderson

ABC AM By political reporter Matthew Doran and Sabra Lane

Updated 23 Aug 2017, 5:11pmWed 23 Aug 2017, 5:11pm Photo: Committee chair Sarah Henderson said the inquiry will be “quite critical in parts”. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson) Related Story: Parliamentary inquiry into family law system ‘weakened by lack of judicial input’ A committee investigating the failings of the family law system will still be critical […]

The Family Law and Child Support systems need to be reformed

An article on Stan Korosi’s website at has reminded us that some Australian politicians do actually care about the disastrous social  policies, family law legislation, child support inequities and the draconian measures applied to domestic violence legislation that is causing a major rift between family members and their children. As Stan Korosi points out, […]