Private family law cases suffering as a result of court reforms

Resolution members say delays cause long-term conflict between parents

13 Jul 2015

Despite the success of a 26-week time limit introduced for care cases, private family cases are taking longer to get through the courts, much to the detriment of family relationships.

In a survey to mark the one-year anniversary of the reforms, nearly half of the Resolution members polled (40 per cent) said children and financial cases were taking longer since the reforms to the family courts were introduced in 2014.

Member and family lawyer Angela Lake Carroll said the results were concerning considering a child may not be able to spend time with one of their parents until and unless the matter has the benefit of judicial management or decision making.<...

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