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Abstract

This article explores the changes to Australia’s family law system brought about by the recent enactment of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 (Cth). It outlines the new family law system as proposed by the Act, and discusses the Australian Government’s reasoning behind the changes. This article then examines the new family mediation process through the use of Family Relationship Centres, addressing both the advantages and disadvantages of the introduction of compulsory mediation prior to pursuing litigation. This article aims to highlight that while the new family system has certain benefits, some problems may still exist with its implementation in the current post-seperation environment.

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