The Family Court system has been chronically underfunded through successive governments for decades. On 30 May 2017 the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia appeared before a House of Representatives Standing Committee enquiry into how the family law system can better support and protect those affected by family violence.
Over the last 12 months, the Laws around Domestic and Family violence have been reviewed and changed in a number of areas.
In June of 2016, state legislation was changed to allow for a finding of domestic violence or a fear of domestic violence to exist in circumstances where the victim does not hold a fear of physical harm.
Bondelmonte & Bondelmonte & Anor  HCA 8
This matter was originally heard by Justice Watts in the Family Court of Australia. The father, who was dissatisfied with His Honour’s decision, appealed it to the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. His appeal to this Court was dismissed. The father subsequently appealed to the High Court of Australia, and he was granted permission for the appeal to be heard.
Chancellor & McCoy  FCCA 53 (25 January 2016)
This matter was heard by Judge Turner in the Brisbane Registry of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. This is a very interesting case where the court delivered a very clear and concise judgement in relation to when and how the court can make an order for a de facto property settlement.