COVID-19 in Australia: Impacts on Separated Families, Family Law Professionals, and Family Courts

Bruce M. Smyth*, Lawrence J. Moloney, Jacqueline M. Brady, Judge Joe Harman, Marian Esler

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    Abstract

    Around the globe, many families are experiencing significant anxieties linked to COVID-19. These include health concerns and economic pressures, both of which are frequently taking place against a backdrop of various levels of social isolation. In addition, many parents have been juggling home schooling requirements in the face of radically different work arrangements including the loss of employment altogether. Unsurprisingly, additional challenges and stresses are emerging for separated families, family law professionals, and family courts. In this article – written at a point-in-time in a rapidly evolving COVID-19 context – we reflect on key challenges for separated families in Australia, and some of the emerging professional responses.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1022-1039
    Number of pages18
    JournalFamily Court Review
    Volume58
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

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