Family Law

How effective have changes to family law have been in regards to the amendment?
The Family law was developed to protect a family unit and the individuals that make up the family unit. The law recognises married parents, de facto or single and are under the protection of the family law. The role of the family law is to resolve conflict between the families and to encourage cooperation. The changing of the family law is done as a response to the changing values of society, such as socially accepting heterosexual, sax-sex couples and de facto relationships. The law is also becoming more aware there are growing numbers of single parents and blended families,   although there are still low numbers of same-sex couples who have children through birth technology or adoption, it is becoming more common.
There are 39 Community Legal Centres in New South Wales. Community Legal Centres provide a range of free legal services to disadvantaged clients and communities. Women’s Legal Services and Thiyama-li family are one of many specialist Community Legal Centres that gives advice, assistance and representation that is relation to the family law. Statistics have shown that in 2008 12,000 family law advices was provided by the Community Legal Centres in NSW. This shows that family law services are one of the main coverage. Community Legal Centres does not only specialise in family law they also give advice about domestic violence as 3000 advices related to domestic violence were given.
Family Law Act 1975 (Cwlth) is the current Family Law act and it doesn’t not sufficiently protect the children or their family members from family violence. The Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 (Cwlth) was enacted because there was an increase of the usage of the form of mediation in families. In the reform mediation is the chosen first step in a family dispute before the family can filing an application for children issues. Although this...