Updated: 05/08/2014 01:30

Community touchpoints to be empowered to direct families to appropriate solution providers for issues they face



Community touchpoints to be empowered to direct families to appropriate solution providers for issues they face

A committee looking into strengthening the family justice system has recommended empowering community touch points such as Family Service Centres, schools, hospitals and Members of Parliament to direct families to the appropriate solution providers for their issues, both pre- and post-court. 

It has also proposed enhancing social support service providers and integrating them with the family courts system. 

This includes setting up Specialist Agencies that will provide a range of services to address issues arising from divorce. 

The committee has also proposed creating a comprehensive specialist family court structure known as the Family Justice Courts. 

This will introduce enhanced court management processes that will empower the court to adjudicate and resolve family disputes more effectively, and lessen the trauma of the divorce process. 

Changes will also be made to provide greater assistance to the high numbers of litigants who act in person within the family court. 

It has also proposed more emphasis on addressing the interests of children in divorces. 

Members of the public are invited to share their views on these interim recommendations with the Committee.

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