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Hot Topics 82: Families
The family role is to care and support for one another and to share resources, with parents protecting and guiding the development of their children. However, not all families are able to fulfil these roles. Some families are vulnerable and require extra support, while some have to adjust to changes brought by separation, divorce, and re-partnering. This issue looks at the different concepts relating to family issues, as well as property and money after separation, child support payments, adoption and courts that deal with family issues.
About the author
Maree Livermore is a lawyer, writer, consultant and researcher with a background of involvement in family law and social justice issues. She is the author of The Family Law Handbook – A Practical Guide to Australian Family Law, now in its third edition. She is also a qualified family dispute resolution practitioner. Apart from family law, her professional interests include mental health law, disability and guardianship law, domestic violence law, and regulation in social policy areas. She is currently undertaking a PhD in mental health law at the Australian National University.
Hot Topics 82: Families. Hot Topics is intended as an introductory guide only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the Legal Information Access Centre does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions.
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