What does the family court merger mean for your family law matter?
On 1 September 2021, the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia merged together to become the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (“the Court”). This new Court structure and management of family law cases.
Harmonised sets of Rules have also been published being the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Family Law) Rules 2021 (Cth) and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) (Family Law) Rules 2021 (Cth).
You may have heard the hype in the media earlier this year when the legislation was passed and now that the new Court is in operation, you may be wondering what this means for you. This article explores some of the key changes to be aware of.
Some of the exciting key points that we see as benefits from the merger:
- Prior to the merger, the wait time for a final hearing in Canberra was between 18 month – 3 years. The new Court has an aim to resolve up to 90 per cent of cases within 12 months.
- There is an increased focus on settling matters and addressing resolution of conflict between parties.
- There is an emphasis on Alternative Dispute Resolution including pre-action procedures, mediation and arbitration.
- There are greater resources with the Court to operate more as a national Court with access to resources from across the country.
Where can I find more information?
The Court has a new website: https://www.fcfcoa.gov.au .
The new website is very user friendly and includes lots of different information and brochures.
The Court has also produced helpful videos to assist parties which you can access via: https://www.fcfcoa.gov.au/fl .
How can we help?
If you or a loved one would like legal advice in relation to a family law matter of how the new Court effects your matter, please contact our Family Law Team to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced family law solicitors.
This article does not constitute legal advice and Elringtons is not responsible for any reliance upon its contents. It is important that you seek legal advice to your unique situation.
 Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Media Release: The new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia officially commences (Media Release, 1 September 2021) .
 Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, What has changed with the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia? (1 September 2021).