Journal Article

Australia's Family Law Act: The First Twenty‐Five Years

Margaret Harrison

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 1-21
Published in print April 2002 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online April 2002 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
Australia's Family Law Act: The First Twenty‐Five Years

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The passage of the Family Law Act (Cth) in 1975 heralded the introduction of a new approach to divorce and associated matters in Australia. The more obvious features of the legislation were its establishment of the Family Court of Australia and the abolition of fault from considerations of marriage break‐down. These characteristics provided an environment for the resolution of family disputes which has continued, (with some changes in emphasis), throughout the intervening twenty‐five years (Nicholson and Harrison, 2000). This article provides a context for the accompanying articles in this issue, which deal with more particular issues relating to contemporary Australian family law and policy. It discusses the precursors to and characteristics of the ‘new’ family law and the Family Court and the challenges associated with a constantly changing socio‐legal environment in an area of law, which is always the subject of intense debate and emotional responses.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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