Provisions of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005

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Provisions of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005

24 March 2006

© Commonwealth of Australia 2006
ISBN 0 642 71626 9

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Members of the Legislation Committee (PDF 19KB)
Recommendations (PDF 14KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 25KB)
Introduction and referral of bill
Conduct of the Inquiry
Purpose of the bill
Note on references
Background to the bill
Chapter 2 - Outline of the Bill (PDF 27KB)
Chapter 3 - Key Issues (PDF 160KB)
Parenting time v parental responsibility
A presumption of parental responsibility
Equal parental responsibility v joint parental responsibility
Determining the best interests of the child
Equal time or substantial and significant time parenting arrangements
Parenting Plans
Definition of 'family violence'
Costs orders for false allegations
Certify that a 'genuine effort' has been to resolve a dispute
Access to, and costs of, dispute resolution services
Development of accreditation regulations
Amendments only to apply to future applications
Amendments relating to the conduct of child-related proceedings
Independent Children's Lawyer
The relationship between family violence orders and parenting orders
Dissenting Report by the Australian Labor Party (PDF 18KB)
Dissenting Report by the Australian Democrats and the Australian Greens (PDF 42KB)
Dissenting Report by Family First (PDF 28KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received and Tabled Documents (PDF 19KB)
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee (PDF 11KB)
Canberra, 3 March 2006

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