Family Law System To Be Overhauled In Queensland, Because 'Kids Are Treated Like Property'

Biggest overhaul in 40yrs

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Custody battles could soon be resolved without the need for families to step foot in Queensland courtrooms, under an overhaul of the current family law system. 

Attorney-General George Brandis is set to introduce legislation which will launch a pilot program that'll send families straight to mediation and social services providers, rather than lawyers and judges. 

Brandis says the current system, which hasn't changed in more than 40 years, has kids being treated more like property than people. 

Speaking with The Courier Mail, the Attorney-General says it's taking too long for families to resolve custody issues, which inflame the bitter tug-of-wars between parents.

High divorce and separation rates mean Australians interact with the family law system more than any other area of law.

There'll also be a trial “wrap-around” services for parents... it means parents could be put in touch with the likes of housing support if they did not live somewhere suitable for child visits, or be offered drug and alcohol support for addiction, or mental health services.

“Where possible, we need to move away from the current system which can entrench conflict and blame by positioning parents as adversaries, by cross-examining each other," he told the Courier Mail. 

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