On 30 May 2018, the Attorney-General announced the government’s new legislation for structural changes to the courts that deal with Family Law matters.

Under the legislation, a new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) will be established from 1 January 2019 through the amalgamation of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia.

Baldock Stacy and Niven usually uses the Federal Circuit Court at Dubbo for its Family Law matters. Some of our more complex or difficult matters go to the Family Court in Parramatta, Sydney or Canberra. Some of our matters have been delayed because they have been transferred between the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court. A lot of our matters are delayed because of the back log in the Federal Circuit Court. Hopefully these changes will address both these issues.

It is intended that the reforms will help Australian families resolve their disputes faster by improving the efficiency of the family law system, reducing the backlog of matters before the family law courts, and driving faster, cheaper and more consistent dispute resolution.

This change will not have any immediate effect on matters currently before the courts. Transitional arrangements will be put in place for those matters that are before the courts at the time of the commencement of the reforms to minimise any delay or inconvenience to parties.

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