Thanks for a Great 2019!

The team at the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network - Greater Melbourne would like to wish you happy holidays and a fantastic new year! Thank you all so much for being valued members of our network, attending our events, engaging in our social media, and keeping the Victorian family law sector connected! Here's a recap of some of the things we've been up to (event-wise) this year! We started off the year with another offering of our Law Student Training Day (Family Violence and the Law for Future Lawyers 2018) due to the high demand. This January training was run in conjunction with Women's Legal Service Victoria and was so popular, we ran another session in December! At the beginning of M

Law Student Training Day 2020

The VFLPN would like to say a big thank-you to Women's Legal Service Victoria and all the students who attended our 'Family Violence and the Law for Future Lawyers' training for making it such a great and informative day! The training took place this past Monday, the 9th of December 2019 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. It provided students with strategies and skills to effectively identify family violence, assess risk, skillfully ask the right questions and respond to client's needs. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about family violence, or expand on their family law knowledge, and how to apply these learnings in a more practical sense. Students learnt to respond to clients experi

New Family Court Merger Bill introduced in Parliament

Yesterday, on 5 December 2019, The Honourable Christian Porter, Commonwealth Attorney-General, announced he will be introducing the bill to merge the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia into Parliament. In a media release entitled "Court reforms to deliver better outcomes for families", it was said that the merger will help reduce delays and backlogs in the family law courts and remove the unnecessary confusion, duplication and additional costs that have plagued the existing dual court system for decades. See the full media release here In 2018, the 'Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018' was rejected by Parliament. due to the largely negative response from


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