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Federal boost for family law

Federal boost for family law

By Law Institute Journal

Family Court Maintenance (Family) 

An $80 million funding boost to family law and family violence services was announced by the federal government in its 2017-18 budget. The extra funding is: $12.7 million to establish parenting management hearings $10.7 million for more social workers and psychologists to deal with family law cases $3.4 million for more domestic violence units $55.7 million for community legal centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (as announced on 24 April) $33.4 million for a Commonwealth Redress Scheme for child sex abuse survivors, including $1.2 million for the knowmore legal service $3.4 million to expand the domestic violence unit pilot over two years to set up six new domestic violence units which will deliver legal and social support. Law Council of Australia (LCA) president Fiona McLeod welcomed the new funding for federal and family courts, which have been chronically underfunded leading to damaging delays.

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