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Family and child support

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that family law and child support systems should exist to assist equally all members of the family group and refrains from alienating individuals. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, specifically that the best interests of the child are paramount and that both parents and extended family have a right to contact with the child

Community Legal Centres Queensland promotes:

  • the view that the best interests of the child are paramount, including a child’s right to safety and should not be derogated by reference to parenting arrangements;
  • voluntary, non-litigious dispute resolution mechanisms, but only where power imbalances are not compounded and are appropriately acknowledged and dealt with in the process;
  • a process of litigation, if a case must come to court, in which individuals feel safe and are not made vulnerable to physical or mental harm; and
  • Quality compliance mechanisms to ensure reliable child support payments in Australia and internationally for Australian children.

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.

Related webinars

Contravention proceedings

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Family Dispute Resolution

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The family law system encourages parents to try and agree on arrangements for their children without having to go to court. > more

Introduction to Property Law Settlement (Part A)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Community legal centres are often asked to provide advice to separating clients trying to reach agreement by consent regarding the division of property of the relationship. > more

Introduction to Property Law Settlement (Part B)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Community legal centres are often asked to provide advice to separating clients trying to reach agreement by consent regarding the division of property of the relationship. > more

Family law case law update

Friday, April 7, 2017
Family law is a dynamic area of practice, and accounts for over one third of community legal centres’ work. > more