Shared Parental Responsibility Statistics – Family Court of Australia

Shared Parental Responsibility Statistics – Family Court of Australia

23 February 2009

The reforms to Part VII of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), introduced by the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 were wide-ranging.

Among the most significant of those reforms was the introduction of a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parental responsibility and particular obligations placed on family courts to consider ‘equal time’ and ‘substantial and significant time’ arrangements where the presumption applies.

Another important change was made to the ‘best interest’ factors – factors that a court has regard to in deciding what order would be in the best interests of the child who is the subject of a parenting dispute – which as a result of the reforms are now divided into ‘primary’ and ‘additional’ considerations.

Read More from the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on this issue.

The 2007 – 2008 Family Court annual report can be found here.

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