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Experts needed to help improve family law for dads

Do you have expertise working in Australia’s family law system? Have you got something to say about how we could improve the system for dads?

The Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System is seeking submissions to its inquiry and we’re keen to hear from professionals with expertise in the following areas:

  • The health impacts of being involved in family law proceedings
  • The effectiveness of family law support services and family dispute resolution processes
  • The use of domestic violence orders and apprehended violence orders
  • The financial impact of family law proceedings
  • The resolution of property disputes
  • Protecting people against the use of false claims in family law proceedings
  • The training and performance management of family law professionals
  • Improving the interaction between the family law system and the child support system
  • The potential benefits of using pre-nuptial agreements
  • The potential restructuring of the family law system
  • Issues relating to grandparents involved in the family law system

As the peak body for men’s health in Australia, we are particularly concerned about the health impacts experienced by men and boys in the family law system and keen to understand what recommendations we can make to the inquiry to help can mitigate against those impacts.

If you are a professional with expertise in one of the areas listed above we’d welcome your thoughts on how we can improve the family law system, particularly for dads, grandads, sons and other male family members involved in family law proceedings.

You can contact us about the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System via email at: [email protected].

We regret that we do not have the resources to engage with individual cases but encourage anyone with personal experience of the family law system to consider making a submission via the Joint Select Committee’s web page.

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 18 December 2019.

The Committee intends to hold hearings in capital cities and regional areas across Australia next year and due to table its final report on 7 October 2020. 


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