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Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015


Type
Government
Originating house
Senate
Status
Before Senate
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to: amend the financial agreement regime to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements, make changes to the coverage of spousal maintenance matters in agreements, provide for a statement of principles to outline their binding nature, and to reinforce the binding nature of the agreements; strengthen protections from violence in certain procedural matters; strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction; update the arrest powers of the family court; assist the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments.

Progress of bill

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Senate
Introduced and read a first time 25/11/15  
Second reading moved 25/11/15  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes
  • Referred to Committee (03/12/2015): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Report due 24/02/2016
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