Family law changes commence

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An overview of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 - which commenced on 31 August - is now available from the Judicial College.

The Act removed a significant limitation on the interaction between family law and family violence orders.

Previously, interim family violence orders could only suspend or vary existing family law orders for a maximum of 21 days.

This has been replaced with a more flexible power which allows the court to specify when the suspension or variation ends.

The amendments also pave the way for two significant increases to when state courts exercise family law jurisdiction:

  • the $20,000 monetary limit for state courts exercising family law jurisdiction in non-consent matters can be raised by regulation

  • the Commonwealth can prescribe certain courts as having family law jurisdiction. Once exercised, this will remove the uncertainty about whether the Children’s Court of Victoria has family law jurisdiction

View an overview of the Act

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