Otago researchers find 2014 Reforms take Family Justice backwards - July LawTalk column by Law Foundation Director Lynda Hagen
A major Law Foundation-funded research project has found that around three-quarters of professionals, many lawyers, felt the family justice system had become worse since the 2014 reforms.
The findings form part of a detailed 3-year research project involving professionals and separated parents or caregivers on the family justice system and services it provides.
The report “Parenting Arrangements after Separation Study: Evaluating the 2014 Family Law Reforms – Family Justice Professionals’ Perspectives”, released in April 2019 (re-released in Sept 2019 with additional content), has already helped inform the findings of the Government’s Independent Panel reviewing the reforms, and is the first of three reports due to be published from this research project. The remaining two are scheduled to be released at the end of October 2019 and March 2020, once the project is complete.
Parenting Arrangements after Separation Study: Evaluating the 2014 Family Law Reforms – Family Justice Professionals’ Perspectives Research Report – PDF 442 pages – Sept 2019
Law Foundation is providing $400,000 towards this research project