From 1 July 2008 parties who are considering applying to a court for parenting orders are required to have considered family dispute resolution options.
The law has changed and with effect from 1 July 2008. A court will be unable to hear an application for parenting orders where it is not accompanied at the time of filing by either:
For information on where to find registered family dispute resolution providers go to the Family Relationships online website at www.familyrelationships.gov.au or telephone Family Relationship Advice Line on 1800 050 321.
Parties may seek an exemption where:
It is recommended you seek legal advice prior to completing an Exemption Form
The July 2007 changes are incorporated in the Case Management Guidelines issued 1 January 2008 (see download).
Last updated: 9-Jul-2014
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