Tasmanian Family Law Pathways


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Pathways Newsletter June 2019

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Pathways Newsletter March 2019

Pathways Newsletter January 2019

Pathways Newsletter November 2018

Pathways Newsletter October (B) 2018

Pathways Newsletter October (A) 2018

Pathways Newsletter September (B) 2018

Pathways Newsletter September (A) 2018

Pathways Newsletter August 2018

Pathways Newsletter July 2018

Pathways Newsletter June 2018

Pathways Newsletter May 2018

Pathways Newsletter April 2018

Pathways Newsletter March 2018

Pathways Newsletter 26 Feb 2018

Pathways Newsletter 6 Feb 2018

Pathways Newsletter 2 Feb 2017

Pathways Newsletter 19 Jan 2017

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Media Releases

ALRC release of their report into the Family Law Review. To access the overview and link to the full report, click HERE


Same Sex Marriage

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Useful Links

Court Judgements

First Instance Judgments at the following link:

Full Court (Appeals) Judgments at the following link:

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) - Quality, evidence-based publications and resources for professionals in the areas of protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities.

The Family Law Court’s website
You can find the latest updates at the following web link:

Family Court Bulletin.

You can find the latest details at the following web link:

Tasmanian Law Handbook


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Latest Publications and Resources

Australian Institute of Family Studies - Children and Young People in Separated Families project.
This study has now been published and is available in full here

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Professional Development 

Special Guest - Rachel Carson talks about Child Inclusive Practice in FDRP

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Hobart Feb 27 12.30pm @ Hadleys Hotel - Book Here  light lunch provided
Launceston Feb 28th 12.30pm @ The Tramsheds - Book Here   light lunch provided

Rachel is a Senior Research Fellow, Manager – Family Law and Family Violence (Acting)
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA/LLB (Hons) (Melb), PhD (Melb), Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia

Dr Rachel Carson is a socio-legal researcher with expertise in family law and qualitative research about family law disputes. After practising as a family lawyer, Rachel worked as a researcher in family law at the Melbourne Law School (University of Melbourne) and was awarded a Melbourne Research Scholarship to undertake her PhD in this field of research at the University of Melbourne.

Since joining the Family Law and Family Violence team at the Australian Institute of Family Studies in June 2012, Rachel has worked on a range of projects, including the Independent Children’s Lawyer Study and the Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments Project. Rachel was the lead researcher on the recently completed Children and Young People in Separated Families: Family Law System Experiences and Needs project, together with the Institute’s Direct Cross-examination in Family Law Matters Study.

Rachel has contributed to the Institute’s elder abuse scoping studies and is currently working on the Elder Abuse National Research - Strengthening the Evidence Base - Stage 1 research program commissioned by the Australian Government, Attorney-General’s Department. She has also contributed to research undertaken for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and to the work of the Institute’s Australian Gambling Research Centre. 

Rachel is a consulting editor for the Family Law Review journal and has represented the Institute in various capacities, including as the AIFS observer on the Family Law Council, a body that provides policy advice on family law to the Commonwealth Attorney-General.


External Organisations

Pathways Events

Launceston August 14th 11am at 6 Paterson St. Relationships Australia presents its MENS (Men Engaging New Strategies) program to members. This program is aimed at men who have engaged in domestic violence. Follow this LINK to secure a space.

Programs for Men - Hobart September 3rd 3pm, Jackman and McRoss city store. Anglicare, Relationships Australia, and Catholic Care present their programs for men - Tools for Men, Men Engaging New Strategies (MENS: DV focus), and Building up Dads (BUDs) respectively. To book follow this LINK.

Meet the Judges - Hobart July 12th - book here
                           Launceston August 2nd - book here
                           Burnie August 16th - book here

April 24 10am - Rae Kaspiew at Hadley's Hotel. Information and presentation about the Family Law Review. Issues paper available Here. Submissions close 7 May 2018.

May 24 Hobart - Dr Luke Gahan presents his research into separating same sex parents.  Research paper available here.
May 25 Launceston - Dr Luke Gahan presents his research into separating same sex parents.

Pathways on Tour
Safe at Home Forum - Hobart 18 June 2018
Launceston 14 June 2018


February 27th to March 2nd. Jon Graham (Sydney Australia) and Lorri Yasenik (Calgary Alberta) are bringing the Meeting with Children training to Sydney

March 27 2017.    Greater Sydney FLPN Main Event being held on
The title is: Drugs and Alcohol in the ICE Age and the impact on separated families.

May 31 - Jun 3 2017  AFCC 54th Annual Conference (international)

Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony
Conference Dates Sheraton Boston Hotel Boston, Massachusetts
June 4 – 7 2017 Dublin:  World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights (international

Deadline for Abstract Submissions 27th July 2016
Registration Opens 7th November 2016
Conference Dates
More information can be found at http://wcflcr2017.com/

June 2017 6-8 - Parent Engagement Conference Australia  Melbourne, Vic

This conference, hosted by ARACY and The Smith Family, will focus on how parent engagement affects what children achieve, how they experience school, and assists in the transition to school and into post-secondary education.

August 2017 17, 18 and 19 in Melbourne at Crown Conference Centre. 

AFCC - The Annual Chapter Conference
The Chapter’s Fourth annual conference will take place on The theme is ‘Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!’ and we have designed a rich and varied program with local, national and international presenters.


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