Federal Family Law Reform in 2005: The Problems and Pitfalls for Women and Children of an Increased Emphasis on Post-Separation Informal Dispute Resolution
AbstractThis article discusses dilemmas for women and children arising out of the Government’s decision to increase the use of informal dispute resolution processes in family matters. It suggests that in the light of the disadvantages that women can face in informal processes, a model of dispute resolution that includes lawyers is justified. This is in direct contrast to the approach suggested in the reforms which states that lawyers are to be excluded from the proposed Family Relationship Centres on the basis that they are likely to make the processes practised in the Centres adversarial.
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