FL A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 2008 amendments
The Family Law A change made to a legal document or Act of parliament. (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Act 2008 (Cth) amended the FL Act with two major reforms.
First, it brought de facto (redefined to include same-sex couples) property matters within the The authority of a court or tribunal to hear matters brought before it, based on some factor such as area or law, amount of money claimed, or geographic area. of the Family An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate.. Couples who separated prior to 2 March 2009 can opt into the Family Court jurisdiction by To agree to something being done, to approve an action or arrangement. See also informed consent.. Among other advantages, this now enables same-sex and heterosexual de facto couples to benefit from the superannuation splitting provisions of the FL Act and to have the care and control of a child of the relationship taken into account in property settlements and Money paid to a person to financially support them. When a couple has separated both parents have a duty to support their children, and a court can order a parent to make regular payments to support the children. Maintenance for a spouse is now less common, and must be applied for within 12 months of a divorce. It is usually covered in a final settlement of all property. (ss 60 EA, 60HA, 60H(1), 90RB, 90SF FL Act).
Second, the amended FL Act now conclusively presumes that the non-birth mother (‘the intended parent’) of a child born through artificial conception procedures is the parent of the child (s 60H(1)). In relation to surrogacy, if a court has made a substituted parentage order, then the child is the child of the parents named in that order (s 60HB(1)).
On 1 September 2018, the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) commenced. This Act seeks to improve the The ability to understand and be held responsible by the law for your actions. It also refers to a person’s ability to understand and agree to something, such as to undergo medical treatment. Full legal capacity is reached at 18 years of age, when a child becomes an adult. of the justice system to provide effective outcomes for vulnerable members of the community experiencing family violence. The family law system’s response to family violence as well as child protection systems have been enhanced by this Act.