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Family Law & COVID-19: How It's Changed & What You Need To Know

We are living in unprecedented times. With a rise in Family Law and domestic violence cases as our out of home movements and activities become more restricted and strain on our mental and economic well-being increases, understanding the changes being made in Australia to support those most vulnerable is vital.

Whether it be issues about who the children spend time with and when, divorce, property division or domestic violence, these are all stressful situations and whether there are lockdown laws or not, these issues continue to need resolution. However, the current lockdown laws could be contributing to the silencing of those most vulnerable and be opening up dangerous opportunities for offenders. In response to this, there have been multiple adjustments made to both the Family Law system to enable Court proceedings to continue virtually and to Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO).