Family Law Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2023

Family Law Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2023

In this article, we delve into the impact of the Family Law Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2023, a crucial piece of legislation that is set to reshape the family law landscape, particularly in cases involving family violence. This significant bill stands as a pillar of hope and reform, signalling a vital step towards protecting the most vulnerable in our society. The Ramsden Lawyers Family Law team offers an in-depth look at how this bill introduces new and innovative information-sharing orders to streamline legal processes and enhance the safety of children and families caught in domestic challenges. Discover how these changes are poised to make the legal system more responsive and effective in tackling the intricate issues of family violence, abuse, and neglect.

Revolutionising Family Law: An Overview of the New Bill

The introduction of the Family Law Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2023 will significantly change the current family law process in matters involving family violence. It is a much-needed step towards ensuring the safety of children and families by establishing two new information-sharing orders that allow the Court access to crucial information regarding family violence, child abuse, and neglect. This approach will assist in addressing issues of family and domestic violence in a timely and efficient manner within the family law system.

Streamlining Court Processes

The process for courts to obtain pertinent information from various agencies, such as police, child protection, and firearms agencies, will be streamlined as two new information-sharing orders have been established. This type of information can be accessed at any point in proceedings, which will enable a more accurate and up-to-date understanding of potential risks to children where it has been identified that family violence is an issue. The ability of the Court to have up-to-date information will assist in making informed decisions aimed at prioritising the safety of all parties to a family law matter, especially in cases where there are concerns of child abuse, neglect, or violence.

Balancing Safety and Privacy

The Bill also provides for a safe and appropriate process when disclosing information that is sensitive but relevant to proceedings. This is to ensure the parties’ privacy is respected and, where there are safety concerns, that disclosing relevant information will not give rise to further violence.

Incorporating Lived Experiences

In drafting the Bill, consideration was given to the ‘lived experiences’ of people who had experienced family violence. This indicates a commitment by the government to understand and address the real challenges faced by those directly affected by such violence, as it helps create more responsive and effective systems within the Courts.

Implications and Legal Support

The introduction of the Family Law Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2023 is a promising step toward expediting the resolution of family law matters while keeping the safety of parties to a family law proceeding as a central consideration.

Contact Ramsden Lawyers for Personalised Support in Family Law Matters

The team at Ramsden Lawyers are skilled family law solicitors familiar with the complexities of the Family Law Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill, and in response to these reforms, have revised their strategy to provide the best service to their clients.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, Ramsden Lawyers can advise you on how the new reforms affect your particular circumstances and explore ways to assist you. Our professionalism and experience will enable us to guide you through the ever-changing family law environment, thereby giving you the best possible results for your situation.