Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Austraian Legal System in Adressing Family Issues

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Evaluate the effectiveness of the Australian legal system in recognising and protecting the changing nature of the family’. Society has often advanced quicker than the Legal system and often the Legal system tends to lag behind or sometimes has to tend to societal values. An area that the legal system seems to be addressing with respects to societal values is through recognising and protecting the changing nature of the family. The Australian Legal system has been moderately effective in recognising and protecting the changing nature of the family, through various legislation, and common law the Legal system has effectively been able to recognise and protect the changing nature of the family in regards to key areas such as de facto…show more content…
This highlights the Australian legal systems effectiveness in protecting and recognising the changing nature of the family evident in de facto relationships. It could also be said that through the 2008 Family Law Act amendment the Australian Legal system is thinking of the future in ensuring that De Facto Relationships are being treated equally and are free from discrimination amongst society and the courts. Another type of family in which the Australian legal system has been effective in is dealing with Same Sex Relationships. However there has been a slight degree of ineffectiveness in this issue with same sex relationships finding it extremely difficult in the past in order to obtain the same rights as married couples or even De Facto couples, thus one can interpret that in the case of Same Sex Relationship Justice is delayed thus the justice is denied. Same Sex Couples it seems are unable to ever achieve the rights and be recognised through marriage as the Marriage Act 1961 specifically states that marriage is between a man and a woman and in order for Same Sex couples to be able to marry a new law must be passed as well as that section of the marriage act be amended. However all states and territories in Australia recognise Same Sex

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