Reminder: New court forms for family violence, child abuse from tomorrow

The Family Law (Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk) Rules 2020 and the Federal Circuit Court (Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk) Rules 2020 have been registered today, and commence tomorrow, 31 October 2020.

As a result, the ‘Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk’ will come into effect as the prescribed form from tomorrow.

The new form must be completed when filing an initiating application, response to initiating application or application for consent orders where a parenting order is sought from 31 October and should be eFiled using the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

Please note that there have been two minor changes to the form since the original announcement on 20 October: Q11 changed ‘are’ to ‘is’: ‘Identify the kind of abuse or neglect the child has experienced (or is at risk of experiencing).’ Q25 referenced 24 in error.

More information is available from the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

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