A recent High Court case has found that a tax debt of one spouse can be shifted to another during a divorce property settlement, which lawyers say is unprecedented and could leave the richer spouse with the debts of their former partner.
William Alstergren is sworn in and argues reforming the courts is an opportunity to shake off the cynicism and negativity often associated with the family law system.
Some of Australia's most senior current and former judges are going public, calling out a severe lack of government funding for the Family Court system.
A royal commission into family law should be considered if reforms currently underway do not address public concerns about the system, outgoing Family Court Chief Justice John Pascoe says.
William Alstergren is appointed the new chief justice of the Family Court as the Government prepares to merge it with the Federal Circuit Court — a plan that has faced fierce criticism.
The disturbing number of women experiencing domestic violence and even being killed by their partners as a result of dowry-related abuse is an "alarming" problem that requires an urgent national response, the first hearing of the Senate inquiry into dowry abuse in Australia hears.
Single women can still feel like they're "doing something dodgy" when they exercise their right to access fertility treatment in Australia, despite legal barriers being removed in 2010.
They've been described as the "gods of the court" — the report writers whose assessments can affect Family Court custody decisions. Now, a group of parents has launched a challenge against one report writer, alleging his practices "place the public at risk".