It has long been recognised that the present litigious proceedings in the Family Court have not been the most appropriate means of dealing with children’s issues.
The Federal Government established a review committee to advise on a system that would best deal with parenting issues.
As a result of the input of this committee, the Federal Government introduced a bill into parliament called the Family Law Amendment Bill (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill 2017. This legislation provides for the establishment of a new statutory authority, The Parenting Management Hearings Panel, which is designed to offer self-represented litigants a more flexible and inquisitorial alternative to the Court process.
A Pilot in 2018
The panel, when established, will go through a pilot stage during 2018 for evaluation.
This is a major development in family-related children’s issues and for this reason, the second reading speech in Parliament and the suggested Parenting Management Hearing Bill are set out in full detail below.
It is a major development in children’s issues which will affect all parents with children’s issues.”
Family Law Amendment (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill 2017
Second Reading Speech (link to file) – FINAL 2RS – Family Law Amendment (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill.pdf
Explanatory Memorandum (link to file) – FINAL EM – Family Law Amendment (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill.pdf
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