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Family Dispute Resolutions Service – your first port of call

Our new family law guidelines, re-drafted with the help of a consultation group of practitioners, came into effect from 3 July 2017.

The redrafted guidelines expand the matters in which clients are eligible for a Family Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS) grant to include matters where there is, or has been, a risk of family violence (i.e. both victims and perpetrators are eligible) and matters where the proposal or conduct of a party substantially prejudices the ability of a child to maintain a meaningful relationship with one or both parents.

Working better together to strengthen briefing practices and advocacy in family law

In 2017 judges, barristers, panel practitioners and our staff lawyers contributed their time and expertise to looking at ways to strengthen briefing practices and advocacy in family law.

Practice partners were asked about what they thought worked well and what could be done differently in relation to finding, briefing and retaining barristers in legally aided family law matters. Consultation data was gathered via online surveys and face to face consultations across Victoria.

Short and not-so-sweet: securing spousal maintenance after a brief but harmful marriage

Spousal maintenance is a form of financial justice. It is commonly ordered for a wife in compensation for her care of children born of the marriage; or when her capacity to return to the workforce is adversely affected by a long marriage of home caring duties.

An award of spousal maintenance is regulated by sections 72 and 75(2) of the Family Law Act, which set out the circumstances for the making of a court order.

Thinking outside the box – an NDIS advocacy workshop

Victorian Disability Advocacy Network (VicDAN) is holding a one day workshop on Friday 27 October. The event is open to both legal and non-legal disability advocates who work with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.

VicDAN is seeking to develop capacity within the advocacy and legal service provider community, to strengthen the use of resources to best advantage NDIS participants.

Our criminal law policy and law reform work

We are actively involved in policy and law reform work including government-led consultations and working groups. We are advocating for fair and transparent laws that recognise the vulnerability of our clients, many of whom are socially and economically isolated from society. These clients include children, people living with a disability or mental illness, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those who live in remote areas.

Some of our recent work has involved contributing to:


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