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Compliance and Enforcement of Family Law and Parenting Orders - Research

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

The Australian Government has commissioned a project in relation to Compliance with and Enforcement of Family Law and Parenting Orders.

This project will research how parenting orders from the family law courts work in practice. As well as looking at whether parents comply with parenting orders, this research will examine how the enforcement regime operates and how well the legal options for responding to non-compliance with parenting orders work.

Parenting orders are made by courts either when parents agree on a set of arrangements or a judge makes a decision. They deal with a range of issues, most commonly how parental responsibility will be exercised and how much time a child will spend with each parent. (For more information see Parenting orders – what you need to know.)

Only a minority of separating families use the courts to make parenting orders, and these families are often affected by complex dynamics, including family violence and safety concerns. There is concern that these complex cases create challenges for the current approach to enforcement in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).

Should you require any Family Law advice please contact Monica Clark at Clark Family Lawyers on

03 99882387.

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