Australia’s family law overhaul a step closer as inquiry endorses focus on child’s best interest | The Guardian


A dramatic overhaul of the nation’s family laws which puts more focus on a child’s best interests than on shared parental responsibility, is set to go ahead.

A multi-partisan Senate committee has considered amendments to the Family Law Act and, while it is calling for further changes, overall it wants the bill passed.

The centrepiece of the proposed legislation is the repeal of the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility – often misinterpreted as a presumption of equal shared parental time.

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