Family Property Division and the New Technologies

By Prof. Patrick Parkinson, University of Queensland

Forthcoming in Ex Curia, the journal of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia

Both the federal government and senior members of the courts are committed to finding ways to reduce the costs to litigants of disputes about family property. This article reviews a number of new technologies that could help family law practitioners to reduce the time spent in preparing a case for the purposes of negotiation, mediation or litigation. Adoption of such technologies could thereby reduce legal costs for clients. The article also reviews a new government-funded program, developed under the leadership of the Legal Services Commission of South Australia, to assist people to resolve property disputes using artificial intelligence, without involving lawyers.