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New funding to support women after separation
Lois Lee | 승인 2018.12.06 12:28

A major funding for family law services will help support women recover financially after separation as part of the Women’s Economic Security Package. 

“Women are more likely than men to experience financial hardship after separation, especially those women who have experienced family violence and they may not have the financial or other means to access services, lawyers, and the courts to resolve their family law disputes,” Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer said. 

In addition, victims of family violence will benefit from the new ongoing funding for Legal Aid Commission to support the ban on direct cross-examination by the perpetrators. 

The funding includes $7 million over the next three years, and establishes the new Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties Scheme. 

The Scheme allows Legal Aid Commissions to provide legal representation to the parties, subject to the ban on direct cross-examination in the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018.  

“The Family Violence and Cross-Examination of Parties Scheme provides funding certainty for victims of family violence and ensures that their perpetrators will never be able to directly cross-examine them in future,” the Attorney-General, Christian Porter said. 

“This package of measures will assist and encourage women, including victims of family violence, to pursue safer, faster, and fairer parenting arrangements and property settlements after separation and will assist them to obtain economic security for themselves and their children,” the Attorney-General added. 

Lois Lee  info@hanhodaily.com

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