Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General
Originating house
Senate
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to: amend the financial agreement regime to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements, make changes to the coverage of spousal maintenance matters in agreements, provide for a statement of principles to outline their binding nature, and to reinforce the binding nature of the agreements; strengthen protections from violence in certain procedural matters; strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction; update the arrest powers of the family court; assist the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments.

Progress

Senate
Introduced and read a first time 25 Nov 2015
Second reading moved 25 Nov 2015
Lapsed at prorogation 17 Apr 2016
Restored to Notice Paper 02 May 2016
Lapsed at dissolution 09 May 2016

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Proposed amendments

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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