Professor Patrick Parkinson comments on reforms to the Family Law Act

13 November 2008



Professor Patrick Parkinson believes recent reforms to the Family Law Act in relation to de-facto couples are unclear.

Speaking on Sydney Radio 2UE's Breakfast Show hosted by Mike Charlton and Sandy Aloisi, Professor Parkinson says the definition of living together on a genuine domestic basis is particularly unclear.

"To be honest, I have no idea what the new law means," he said.

"It appears de facto relationships are being treated like marriage without any understanding of the consequences.

"People are unaware that they will be forced to go to court and the government hasn't been listening to one word of the criticisms of this bill".

Professor Parkinson says the act applies also to gay couples, who have not been consulted either.

"Essentially, no-one is telling people in de-facto relationships what the implications for them are," he asserted.

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