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Australia: Compulsory Dispute Resolution for All Parenting Orders

(July 2, 2008) From July 1, 2008, all persons in Australia applying for a Parenting Order (Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) Pt VII) must attend family dispute resolution (other than in instances of violence, child abuse, or urgency). Parenting Orders are court directions regarding parental responsibilities. (Press Release, Attorney General of Australia, Family Dispute Resolution for All Parenting Orders (June 6, 2008), available at http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/robertmc.nsf/Page/MediaReleases
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