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

2013-2014-2015

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

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

 

No.      , 2015

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend family law, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Binding financial agreements                                                             3

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                   3

Schedule 2—Other measures                                                                                         28

Part 1—Amendments commencing soon after Royal Assent                  28

Division 1—Revival, variation and suspension of certain orders etc. by family violence orders      28

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 28

Division 2—Status of Family Court of Australia                                                  28

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 28

Division 3—Registries of the Family Court of Australia                                     29

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 29

Division 4—Offers of settlement                                                                             29

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 29

Division 5—Legal aid                                                                                                 29

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 29

Division 6—Injunctions                                                                                             30

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 30

Division 7—Explanation of orders etc. inconsistent with family violence orders                 30

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 30

Division 8—Immunity of registrars                                                                         31

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 31

Division 9—Summary decrees                                                                                 31

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 31

Division 10—Orders of costs against guardians ad litem                                    33

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 33

Division 11—Powers of arrest                                                                                  34

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 34

Division 12—Family counselling and family dispute resolution                        38

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 38

Division 13—Alternative constitutional basis for Part VII of the Family Law Act 1975    39

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 39

Division 14—Family consultants and compliance with parenting orders        39

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 39

Part 2—Amendments commencing up to 6 months after Royal Assent 40

Division 1—Information to be provided by principal executive officers of courts              40

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 40

Division 2—Offence of retaining child overseas                                                   40

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 40

Division 3—Location orders for Child Abduction Convention                          43

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 43

 

 



A Bill for an Act to amend family law, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Act 2015 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if the provisions do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

3.  Schedule 2, Part 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

4.  Schedule 2, Part 2

A day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if any of the provisions do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.