Family Court Bill 1997

Bill No.32

The purpose of this Bill is to -
      • continue the Family Court of Western Australia;
      • introduce new concepts relating to parental responsibility for ex nuptial children, like those already introduced by the Commonwealth for nuptial children;
      • establish a new operational philosophy for the work of the Court when dealing with ex nuptial children, reflected in a stronger emphasis on dispute resolution — again, like that established by the Family Court of Australia;
      • repeal section 35 of the Family Court Act 1975 which gives the mother of an ex nuptial child sole guardianship and custody rights to the exclusion of the father until the Court makes an order to the contrary.

StatusAssented to 12/10/1997
Royal Assent given 10 Dec 1997 as Act No. 40 of 1997. Different sections of this Act come into operation on Royal Assent and Proclamation. For details refer to Commencement Clause of the Bill (see also Assent and Commencement information for Acts)

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Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
First Reading 10/15/1997  
Second Reading 10/16/1997  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 11/25/1997  
Consideration in Detail 11/25/1997  
Third Reading 11/25/1997  

Legislative Council DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 09/09/1997  
First Reading 09/09/1997  
Second Reading 09/09/1997  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 10/14/1997  
Committee of the whole 10/14/1997  
Third Reading 10/14/1997