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The Australian Law Reform Commission handed down it’s report on changes to the family law system on April 10. Shutterstock

New report charts future of the family law system

The Australian Law Reform Commission's report makes a radical new suggestion that federal family courts be abolished. It also recommends changes to laws concerning parenting and property division.
Granny flats are often the result of informal arrangements between parents and children who assume it will all work out well. Markus J/Shutterstock

When granny flats go wrong – perils for parents highlight need for law reform

Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families. from www.shutterstock.com

Sperm donation is testing what it means to be a legal parent, all the way to the High Court

Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
Our research found that children place the most emphasis on issues such as having the Family Court process and the roles of key players explained to them, and on being heard. Cindy Zhi NY-BD-CC

In the Family Court, children say they want the process explained and their views heard. It’s time we listened

In the Family Court, respecting what matters to children can help determine how sustainable and workable the arrangements are. Research shows
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson, federal leader Pauline Hanson, and one of the party’s Queensland election candidates, Tracey Bell-Henselin. Facebook

FactCheck: are ‘up to 21 fathers’ dying by suicide every week?

One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said 'up to 21 fathers' are taking their lives in Australia every week. Is that accurate?
Families going through breakdown need understanding, but so do lawmakers trying to find fair outcomes from complex laws. Shutterstock

No simple solution when families meet the law

Adding to the trauma of a relationship breaking down, families can find themselves caught in a tangle of state and commonwealth laws.
Family violence is core business in our courts and an ongoing drain on our economic and social well-being. altanaka/Shutterstock

Remove the burden of family violence from the victims, to the courts

We need to support those who are subjected to family violence – mostly women and children – and this must remain our priority. But we must also intervene at the source of the problem.

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